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‘Briton threatened to expose Bo’s wife’

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

Written by Reuters | Chongqing | Published: April 17, 2012 12:46:58 am

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 probe 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 leader.

Bo’s wife,Gu Kailai,asked Heywood last year to move a large sum of money abroad,and became outraged when he demanded a larger cut of the money than she expected due to the transaction’s size,the sources said.

She accused him of being greedy and hatched a plan to kill him after he said he could expose her dealings. Gu is in police custody on suspicion of committing or arranging Heywood’s murder.

The sources said the police suspect that 41-year-old Heywood was poisoned by a drink. They believe he was killed at a secluded hilltop retreat,the Nanshan Lijing Holiday Hotel.

The sources said Gu and Heywood,who had been in China since the early 1990s,shared a close personal relationship,but were not romantically involved.

Heywood’s falling-out with Gu followed a period in which she had grown distant from her ambitious,perpetually busy husband and she had turned to Heywood as a “soulmate”,sources said.

“Bo and Gu Kailai had not been a proper husband and wife for years … Gu Kailai and Heywood had a deep personal relationship and she took the break between them deeply to heart,” said Wang Kang,a well-connected Chongqing businessman who has learned some details of the case from officials.

Later,her mentality became “‘you betrayed me,and so I’ll get my revenge’”,he said.

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