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Gu Kailai confessed to murder of Neil Heywood, Chinese media says

10:37 AM, Aug 10, 2012   |    comments
This file picture taken on April 11, 2012 shows newspapers showing coverage of suspended Chinese leader Bo Xilai, and a photo of his wife Gu Kailai (bottom R) who is being investigated for the murder of a British businessman, are displayed in Beijing. The wife of Bo Xilai, the former political leader whose downfall sent shockwaves through China, has been charged with murdering a British businessman, state news agency Xinhua said July 26, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones / FILES (Photo credit should re
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BEIJING (AP) - Chinese state media say the wife of the disgraced former Communist Party boss of Chongqing has confessed to murdering a British businessman and apologized for the "tragedy" she caused.

The official Xinhua News Agency in its most detailed report on the case said Friday that Gu Kailai and her co-defendant "confessed to intentional murder" at their trial the previous day. They were accused of poisoning her business associate Neil Heywood last November after having a dispute over economic interests.

Gu's arrest and the ouster of her husband Bo Xilai as Chongqing party chief in March sparked the biggest political turbulence in China since the putdown of the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989. Her tightly orchestrated trial was a step toward resolving the scandal before the party's leadership transition this fall.

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