Murder trial for wife of Chinese politician ends

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Police officers stand guard at the Hefei City Intermediate People's Court where the murder trial of Gu Kailai, wife of ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai, takes place Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012 in Hefei, Anhui Province, China. Gu stood trial Thursday for the murder of a British former associate in a tightly orchestrated proceeding that marks a key step to resolving the messiest scandal the leadership has faced in two decades. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

HEFEI, China (AP) — The secretive murder trial of the wife of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai has ended after just one day. There has been no immediate word on when a verdict will be delivered.

Gu Kailai and a household aide face charges of murdering Neil Heywood, a British businessman who had close ties to the Bo family.

The trial is being held the Hefei Intermediate People's Court in eastern China. The accused are being represented by government-appointed lawyers from Anhui province, of which Hefei is the capital.

The court's deputy director Tang Yigan said the trial has ended but would not say when a verdict was expected.

Although two British diplomats were allowed into the court under an agreement with China because of Heywood's nationality, international media were not allowed in.