21 August 2012. A Chinese court found Gu Kailai guilty of murder of British national Neil Heywood and passed her a death sentence with two year’s reprieve. This means that Gu will be imprisoned for life if she does not commit any crime during the next two years of reprieve. The case led to the downfall of Gu’s ambitious politician husband, Bo Xilai.. Zhang Xiaojun, a Bo family aide who admitted to helping Gu with the murder, received a 9-year jail sentence. International media was not allowed in the court room. It is widely speculated that Bo will not be charged for “serious discipline violations” until younger generation of leaders take control of the Communist Party later this year.