Gu Kailai, the wife of disgraced high-ranking Chinese official Bo Xilai, was sentenced to death for the 2011 murder of British businessman Neil Heywood, but the court in Hefei, China, suspended her execution indefinitely. Barring new offenses in the next two years, Gu will likely serve life in prison. In her Aug. 9 trial, Gu admitted to poisoning Heywood because he allegedly threatened to kill her son over a business dispute. Four police officers were separately given five- to 11-year sentences on Monday for trying to cover up Gu's involvement in the crime. The murder helped end the political aspirations of Bo, who was suspended from the powerful Politburo in April. He had been vying for a spot in the top-ranking Politburo Standing Committee in China's once-a-decade political reshuffling later this year.
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