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China says Gu Kailai's lawyer didn't contest murder charge

Verdict to be given at later date, official says

Published on Aug 9, 2012 4:43 PM
A police officer stands guard at the Hefei City Intermediate People's Court where the murder trial of Gu Kailai, wife of ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai, took place on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012 in Hefei, Anhui Province, China. -- AP

HEFEI, China (AFP) - The lawyer acting for disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai's wife did not contest a murder charge against her during Thursday's hearing, a court official said, adding the trial had now ended.

The prosecution alleged that Gu Kailai personally gave poison to 41-year-old British businessman Neil Heywood after the pair drank wine together and he became drunk, said court official Mr Tang Yigan after the trial.

Gu's government-appointed lawyer did not challenge the claim, telling the court she "was responsible", but that her cooperation during the investigation should be taken into account, Mr Tang told journalists at a briefing.

A lawyer acting for Zhang Xiaojun, who is also accused in Heywood's murder, also did not raise any objection to the charge during the brief, one day hearing in the Hefei Intermediate Court in eastern China, said Mr Tang.

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