Neil Heywood

Neil Heywood's mother calls for ‘decisiveness, compassion’ ahead of Bo Xilai’s trial

Neil Heywood's mother calls for ‘decisiveness, compassion’ ahead of Bo Xilai’s trial

The mother of British businessman Neil Heywood, whose 2011 murder in Chongqing caused one of the biggest political scandals in China, has called on the Chinese government to show “decisiveness and compassion” for her grandchildren ahead of the trial of disgraced Chongqing

Monday, 12 August, 2013, 1:21pm

Mysteries surrounding Heywood murder begin to unfold

Gu Kailai (left) visited Wang Lijun (right) when he was working in 2010. Photo: the Southern Metropolis Weekly

An investigative report about China’s most infamous former police officer Wang Lijun by China’s Southern Metropolis Weekly magazine has answered some questions relating to the murder of British businessmen Neil Heywood, whose death precipitated the downfall of China's once powerful and ambitious politician Bo Xilai.

19 Dec 2012 - 5:56pm 2 comments

Heywood was spying on Bo Xilai for MI6, says Wall Street Journal

British businessman Neil Heywood. Photo: Reuters

A British businessman murdered by the wife of Bo Xilai had informed on the couple for over a year to his country's spy agency, The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday.

Neil Heywood shared details based on his close access to the powerful couple, the paper said, citing his friends and current and former British officials.

7 Nov 2012 - 7:18am 1 comment

Neil Heywood an 'informant' to British spy agency, WSJ says

Neil Heywood. Photo: Reuters

Businessman Neil Heywood, who was murdered in China in a scandal involving one of the Communist Party’s rising stars, Bo Xilai, was an informant to Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, said a newspaper report on Tuesday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

China leftists urge parliament not to expel Bo Xilai

Bo Xilai. Photo: AP

A group of Chinese leftists has issued a public letter calling on the country’s largely rubber stamp parliament not to expel disgraced former top leader Bo Xilai from its ranks, saying the move is legally questionable and politically motivated.

22 Oct 2012 - 2:48pm 3 comments

Bo Xilai’s first wife calls Gu Kailai 'paranoid' over poisoning plot

Gu Kailai and Bo Xilai in 2007. Photo: Reuters

Months before his fall from power, Chongqing party leader Bo Xilai suspected a plot to poison his second wife and questioned whether his son by his first marriage was involved, a report said on Sunday.

The second wife Gu Kailai was herself convicted in August of fatally poisoning a British businessman.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

China's top female forensic doctor rejects official cause of Heywood death

In a long blog post published on Wednesday, Wang Xuemei, one of China's top forensic doctors dismisses the official cause of Neil Heywood's death last year.

27 Sep 2012 - 8:26pm 2 comments

Timeline: the Chongqing scandal

Image taken from CCTV shows Gu Kailai (centre), facing the court during the sentencing for murder of British businessman Neil Heywood in Hefei, Anhui province on August 20, 2012. Photo: AP/CCTV

Bo Xilai: chief secretary of Chongqing from 2007- 2012. Bo, 63, was the son of a senior Communist Party leader. Before the scandal, he had been widely expected to become a member of Standing Committee of the Politburo after the 18th party congress.

30 Sep 2012 - 4:58pm

Ex-police chief Wang Lijun sentenced to 15 years over Bo Xilai scandal

Chengdu People's Intermediate court spokesman Yang Yuquan delivers the verdict of Wang Lijun on Monday. Photo: AFP

Former Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun – who exposed China’s worst political scandal in a decade – was sentenced to 15 years on Monday morning for defection and other crimes.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Briton's death still cloaked in mystery

The death of businessman Neil Heywood - an event key to the downfall of princeling-politician Bo Xilai - remains shrouded in mystery five months after the 41-year-old Briton was found dead in a Chongqing hotel room.

20 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

An English 'fixer' out of his depth in murky waters

With his linen suits, his polished British accent, his easy charm and his penchant for yachts and Jaguar cars, Neil Heywood seemed every inch the Englishman abroad.

A traditionalist and aesthete who, in conversation, would staunchly defend the Queen and Britain's institutions, Heywood, 41, would not have seemed out of place in the pages of Somerset Maugham.

15 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Wheels set in motion to distance Bo from killing

In a move at damage control, Chongqing's government newspaper yesterday appeared to try to distance the disgraced Bo Xilai from the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood, even though Bo's wife is the prime suspect.

14 Apr 2012 - 12:00am