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Britain asks China to investigate Chongqing death of UK cit

 
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 10:56 am    Post subject: Britain asks China to investigate Chongqing death of UK cit Reply with quote

div class="track"img alt="" src="http://hits.guardian.co.uk/b/ss/guardiangu-feeds/1/H.22.4/51457?ns=guardianpageName=Britain+asks+China+to+investigate+Chongqing+death+of+UK+citizen%3AArticle%3A1722722ch=World+newsc3=GU.co.ukc4=China+%28News%29%2CAsia+Pacific+%28News%29%2CWorld+newsc5=Unclassified%2CNot+commercially+usefulc6=Reutersc7=12-Mar-26c8=1722722c9=Articlec10=Newsc11=World+newsc13=c25=c30=contentc42=Newsh2=GU%2FNews%2FWorld+news%2FChina" width="1" height="1" //divp class="standfirst"Rumours circulate about Neil Heywood's connection to Bo Xilai, sacked Communist party secretary in the citybr //ppBritain has asked China to investigate the death of a British man in Chongqing, the south-west Chinese metropolis formerly run by Bo Xilai, a leadership contender whose abrupt ousting has shaken the ruling Communist party./ppNeil Heywood died and was cremated in November and questions about his death and possible connections to Bo Xilai have been posted on Chinese microblogs./pp"We have recently asked the Chinese authorities to investigate the case further after suggestions that there were suspicious circumstances involved in his death," a Foreign Office spokesman in London said./ppHe said the office was "aware of rumours and speculation related to the case" but did not necessarily give them credence./ppA spokesman for the British embassy in Beijing said Britain had been told Heywood died from over-consumption of alcohol./ppThe Chongqing government office and Chinese foreign ministry spokesman's office in Beijing were unavailable for comment about the British request./ppBo was sacked as Communist party secretary for Chongqing after his former longtime police chief Wang Lijun took refuge inside the US consulate in nearby Chengdu for a day before being persuaded to leave by Chinese officials who took him away for investigation./ppWang's action triggered a torrent of speculation about tensions with Bo, who until his dismissal was a charismatic contender expected to be appointed this year to a top post in the central leadership./pdiv class="related" style="float: left; margin-right: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"ullia href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/china"China/a/lilia href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/asia-pacific"Asia Pacific/a/li/ul/divbr/div class="terms"a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk"guardian.co.uk/a copy; 2012 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our a href="http://users.guardian.co.uk/help/article/0,,933909,00.html"Terms Conditions/a | a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/help/feeds"More Feeds/a/divp style="clear:both" /
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