Skip to comments.Exclusive: Briton killed after threat to expose Chinese leader's wife
Posted on 04/17/2012 4:12:03 AM PDT by nuconvert
The British businessman whose murder has sparked political upheaval in China was poisoned after he threatened to expose a plan by a Chinese leader's wife to move money abroad, two sources with knowledge of the police investigation said.
It was the first time a specific motive has been revealed for Neil Heywood's murder last November, a death which ended Chinese leader Bo Xilai's hopes of emerging as a top central figure and threw off balance the Communist Party's looming leadership succession.
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More drip-drip from the coup that almost was.
For affectionados of crime fiction, this case is like a novel come to life.
Ancient Chinese Secret....
(Yeah, it's never a good idea to threaten to expose the wife of a powerful politician in a authoritarian regime...)
Nanshan Lijing Holiday Hotel
Good food but avoid the cocktails.
Not very exclusive. This was in “Daily Mail” on-line 3 days ago.
“Briton in China murder riddle ‘poisoned by cyanide drops’: Sensational new claims about expat’s mystery death in hotel”
Reuters title is a stretch.
This reads like a John Woo movie script. :p
Yes, with a Commie twist.
Don’t make threats, keep your mouth shut. Either do what you would have threatened, or let it be.
Might be still going on.
Good article. Odd that it fails to mention Gu’s personal assistant whom was arrested at the same time. It is rumored that she slipped him the mickey.
The forensic problem is that Heywood was cremated the next day without an autopsy. The British Foreign Office and Heywood’s Mom both insisted on return of the body when they found out almost two months later. Leonie Summers, Heywood’s sister, flew from London to collect his ashes with his wife, Lulu.
If cyanide was the cause it can be detected in the ashes.
For weeks the Brits said they were not suspicious of a 41 year old dying of a heart attack that later was called alcohol poisoning...... Even though Heywood had told colleagues at Hakluyt (MI-6 linkage) that he was in trouble.
Wang Lijun did rat them out and gave us copies of docs showing currency trading in Hong Kong. That’s how you get the money out.
Heywood was a consummate deal-maker in China and had noticeably aged in the last couple of years, possibly due to drinking.
Both the Brits and Chinese have not been forthcoming over a death 5 months ago.
Much of what has been said by the Chinese needs to be screened as they have a great interest in smearing Bo and his wife.
Very true. While communist leaders have taken great pains to maintain an image of probity - including imprisoning or executing their critics - they are corrupt to a man. (If not for corruption, how else could Mao Zedong eat like an emperor even as tens of millions of ordinary Chinese starved to death during the Great Leap Forward?) Bo may or may not be guilty of murder, but he is probably no more or less corrupt than any of the leaders he considers his peers. Still, it has to be said the Chinese corruption is nothing like the corruption of either Latin America or the African continent, where it is all-consuming to a degree that has strangled economic development.