Chinese court cuts Gu Kailai death sentence to life in prison
15 December 2015, Nirapad News: A court in the Chinese capital Beijing has commuted the suspended death sentence of Gu Kailai, wife of disgraced former Politburo member Bo Xilai, to life in prison. The court said Gu showed repentance and “did not commit any crimes” in jail.Gu was sentenced in 2012 for murdering British businessman Neil Heywood. Her husband was jailed for life in 2013 for corruption and abuse of power. The cases were China’s biggest political scandal in years. “The aforementioned criminal has recently certainly shown repentance,” the court said, adding that she had practiced “thought, culture and technical study. “The statement was dated December 11 but released only on Monday. It added that she had “obeyed discipline”, and “completed labour tasks in a timely manner”. As a result she was “eligible for the legal conditions for a commutation”. Correspondents say with good behaviour suspended death sentences are usually commuted to life in prison in China.