China’s Political Murder Trial Begins

Gu Kailai, wife of Chinese politician Bo Xilai, is being tried for the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood. Gu and a household aide are charged with poisoning Heywood after a falling out over money last November. Political watchdogs say the two are likely to be found guilty in a Chinese state trial with such close international scrutiny. Gu faces anywhere between 10 years to life in prison, or the death sentence. Bo Xilai had been party chief of the city of Chongqing until this scandal forced a shameful ousting, shaking the country and exposing political infighting and corruption within the Chinese government.