Bo Xilai's Wife Confesses: Report

Gu Kailai cites mental breakdown: state media
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Aug 10, 2012 12:22 PM CDT
This video image taken from CCTV shows Gu Kailai, second left, the wife of Bo Xilai, being taken into the Intermediate People's Court in the eastern Chinese city of Hefei Aug. 9, 2012.   (AP Photo/CCTV via APTN)

(Newser) – Near the end of her seven-hour trial, Gu Kailai admitted killing British businessman Neil Heywood, Chinese state media say. The wife of ousted politician Bo Xilai apologized for what she called a "tragedy," saying the murder occurred during a "nervous breakdown," the BBC reports. She said she was ready to "accept and calmly face any sentence," according to Xinhua.

"Those few days last November, when I saw how my son was in danger, I suffered a nervous breakdown. A tragedy happened because of me," the Xinhua report describes her as saying. "This case has been like a big stone pressing down on me for the past half year. Looking back now, it has really been like a nightmare." Four senior police officers today acknowledged hiding evidence against her, according to a court official. (Read more Gu Kailai stories.)

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