China releases video of ousted politician's wife

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Journalists watch an online pre-recorded testimony by Gu Kailai, wife of former Chinese politician Bo Xilai before a press conference held at a hotel near the Jinan Intermediate People's Court in Jinan, eastern China's Shandong province on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. Bo is accused of corruption and interference in the investigation of his wife's murder of a British businessman. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

JINAN, China (AP) — The Chinese court hearing the corruption case against disgraced politician Bo Xilai has released videotaped testimony from his wife, whose murder of a British businessman set off the scandal that ruined Bo's career.

The video of Gu Kailai released Friday is intended to bolster bribery allegations against her husband. Gu has not been seen she was convicted of murder in China's messiest political scandal in decades.

In the video, Gu says a businessman accused of bribing Bo was a family friend who often paid for the family's international air tickets and brought gifts that included expensive seafood and a Segway, an electric standup scooter.

Bo has launched a spirited defense in the trial that opened Thursday. He denies taking bribes and questions his wife's credibility and even her mental health.