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Wife of China's Bo Xilai to be tried on Aug 9: Lawyer

Published on Aug 3, 2012 7:53 PM
 
A combination of two photographs shows British businessman Neil Heywood, (left), at an Aston Martin dealership in Beijing, on May 26, 2010, and Gu Kailai, (right), wife of China's former Chongqing Municipality Communist Party Secretary Bo Xila. Gu will be tried for the murder of a British businessman on Aug 9, a lawyer for the family told AFP. -- REUTERS

BEIJING (AFP) - The wife of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai will be tried for the murder of a British businessman on Aug 9, a lawyer for the family told AFP on Friday.

State media said last week that Gu Kailai, a former international lawyer, had been charged with intentional homicide in the death of Briton Neil Heywood and would face trial in the eastern city of Hefei.

On Friday, the family's lawyer Shen Zhigeng told AFP by telephone that the trial would take place on Aug 9. No one at the court could be reached for comment.

China's official news agency Xinhua said last week there was "irrefutable and substantial" evidence that Gu and Zhang Xiaojun, who worked for the Bo family, had poisoned Heywood.

 
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