A Beijing court has suggested commuting a suspended death sentence to life in prison for Gu Kailai, who was once frequently referred to as “China’s Jackie Kennedy,” before being convicted of murder.
Her husband, Bo Xilai, former Chongqing party chief, was infamously ousted and imprisoned for corruption and abuse of power. In court, he called his wife “crazy,” among other things.
Gu Kailai was sentenced in 2012 for the murder of British business partner Neil Heywood, who deemed her an “unforgiving empress.” Heywood drank a poisoned cocktail that killed him.
During Bo Xilai’s headline emblazoning and captivating five-day trial, it was said that Gu abused her husband’s influence and solicited bribes without his knowledge, had affairs with her husband’s subordinates and even murdered one of them but failed to cover the evidence.
It is typical for suspended death sentences to commute to life in prison. The Beijing High Court suggested this be the case for Kailai, saying that, “she has shown repentance,” and adding that she has not committed any crimes since. It must be easy not to commit crimes in a luxury jail cell.
Her husband Bo also has a life sentence. True love waits.
By Mary DeMay