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FILE - In this March 11, 2012 file photo, then Chongqing party secretary Bo Xilai attends a plenary session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Bo's wife Gu Kailai who is accused of murdering Bo family associate Neil Heywood went on trial Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012 at the Hefei Intermediate People's Court in eastern China. Bo was already in the Communist Party's 25-member Politburo and before the scandal was seen as a contender for the nine-member Standing Committee that runs China. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

Confession in China's murder scandal

Gu Kailai, the wife of ousted Communist Party Politburo member Bo Xilai,

confessed to murdering British businessman Neil Heywood

on Aug. 9 and blamed a mental breakdown for the events that

brought her to trial and toppled her once-powerful politician husband, Bo Xilai.