Monday, March 26, 2012

China Asked To Probe Death Of UK Businessman

The Government has asked China to investigate the mysterious death of a British businessman which may be linked to a political scandal that has engulfed the Communist Party.

Neil Heywood, who was in his early 40s, died in a hotel room in the city of Chongqing in November last year.

Chinese police said it was the result of "excessive alcohol consumption" and cremated his body without performing an autopsy.

But British officials now say they have received new information about the case.

According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, that information includes questions raised by friends of Mr Heywood, who say that he was teetotal.

"We are aware of suspicions and rumours surrounding his death," said a statement from the Foreign Office. Read More