The Foreign Office confirmed Saturday it will have representatives present when the case opens next Thursday in Hefei in east China.
Gu Kailai—the wife of Bo Xilai, the former Communist Party chief in Chongqing, and a family aide, Zhang Xiaojun, are accused of poisoning Heywood, an associate of the Bo family. China's official Xinhua News Agency has reported that Gu had a dispute with Heywood over money.
The case has highlighted factions in the Chinese leadership ahead of a power handover to a younger generation of leaders later this year. Bo was once considered a strong contender for a seat on the Politburo Standing Committee.