Xinhua Account Of China's Gu Kailai Trial
BEIJING (Reuters) - Gu Kailai, the wife of ousted Chinese Communist Party Politburo member Bo Xilai, did not raise objections in court on Thursday to charges against her of murdering a British businessman, a court official said.
Here is the main part of the official account of the trial published by China's state-run Xinhua news agency. It refers to Gu by her official name, Bogu Kailai.
"On August 9, the Hefei Intermediate People's Court in Anhui province held an open trial for the accused Bogu Kailai and Zhang Xiaojun on charges of intentional homicide.
"The Hefei People's Procuratorate on 26 July 2012 submitted an indictment to the Hefei Intermediate People's Court, charging that the accused Bogu Kailai and her son Bo became involved in a dispute over economic interests with the victim, Neil Heywood. Bogu Kailai believed that Neil Heywood had threatened the personal safety of her son Bo, and decided to kill him. She then arranged for the co-accused Zhang Xiaojun -- an employee of the Chongqing Municipal Party Committee office -- to invite and accompany Heywood from Beijing to Chongqing.
"On the evening of November 13, 2011, Bogu Kailai went to Heywood when he was staying in Room 1605 at Building No. 16 of the Nanshan Lijing Holiday Hotel and drank alcoholic drinks and tea with him. After Heywood became intoxicated, vomited and asked for a drink of water, she poured a poison into his mouth that had been prepared beforehand and that she had given to Zhang Xiaojun to bring along, causing Heywood's death.
"The Hefei People's Procuratorate believes that the accused Bogu Kailai and Zhang Xiaojun used brutal means to commit murder, and the facts of the crime are clear and backed by ample evidence. Their actions violated Article 232 of the Criminal Code of the People's Republic of China, and they should be prosecuted for the crime of intentional homicide. This case involved a joint offence, with Bogu Kailai as the principal offender and Zhang Xiaojun as the accessory.
"In court, the prosecution presented the relevant evidence, expert witnesses appeared before the court to testify, and Bogu Kailai and Zhang Xiaojun were defended by lawyers they had respectively engaged. A legal representative of the family of victim Neil Heywood participated in the proceedings and presented opinions. More than 140 people attended the hearing, including friends and relatives of Bogu Kailai, Zhang Xiaojun and the victim Neil Heywood, British consular officials, journalists, People's Congress delegates, People's Political Consultative Conference members and members of the public."
(This story corrects translation in final paragraph)
(Reporting by Chris Buckley and Michael Martina; Editing by Jeremy Laurence)
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