18 Aug 2012

Murder trial verdict due on Monday

9:05 am on 18 August 2012

Officials in China say the verdict in the murder trial of the wife of former high-flying Chinese politician Bo Xilai will be delivered on Monday.

Gu Kailai and an aide were tried for the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood in Hefei city, Anhui province, on 9 August. The trial lasted one day and they face a possible death penalty if found guilty.

Mr Heywood, 41, was found dead at a hotel in Chongqing in November 2011. Ms Gu did not contest accusations that she poisoned him.

According to Xinhua news agency, Ms Gu, 53, had been taking a range of drugs to treat chronic insomnia, anxiety, depression and paranoia.

The trial was held in the Intermediate People's Court in Hefei, Anhui province.

Bo Xilai, 63, was the Communist party chief in the city of Chongqing until his dismissal in March. The BBC reports he is under investigation for unspecified disciplinary violations.