http://news.sina.com 2012年03月29日 00:00 僑報
《衛報》的文章說，海伍德生前是一名商人，曾經為英國戰略情報公司Hakluyt & Co 工作。
Neil Heywood 'feared for his safety' as strains grew around Bo Xilai, his powerful Chinese friend
By Jason Lewis, Investigations Editor, Josie Ensor, and Malcolm Moore in Beijing
7:00PM BST 31 Mar 2012 The Telegraph
Whatever the truth about Mr Bo and his family’s connections with Heywood, the allegations that the Briton may have been murdered are a shock to his family, who still believe his death was due to a heart attack.
His father and his paternal grandparents all died at an early age - and several friends in Britain say Mr Heywood “looked ill” in pictures taken before his death.
John Summers, Mr Heywood’s brother-in-law, said: : “As far as I’m aware the Foreign Office has not been in contact with any of Neil’s family about re-opening the case, it was their decision to do that as the family had accepted the verdict.
“He never mentioned any problems or worries. He had lived out there for quite a while and seemed happy.”
Mr Heywood’s 74-year-old mother Ann, who still lives in the Streatham family home where he grew up, said: “I loved Neil very much, a mother and son could hardly have been closer. We talked several times a week on the phone and if anything was worrying him he would tell me.
“It’s distressing having it all brought up again after four months. As far as I’m concerned it was, and still is, a closed case. The Foreign Office is looking into it again, but not at our request.
“It’s heartbreaking to even think there was foul play involved. He was very ambitious, had a lot of friends and business contacts and had a nice life in China.
“I went to China often to see him, I still do to see my daughter-in-law and grandchildren, and they were always very happy.
“I don’t know why these theories have surfaced now, I don’t know about any political motivation. As far as I’m concerned he died of a heart attack. It’s tragic, but nothing more.”
Mother’s shock as son’s death in China becomes murder mystery
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/world/mothers-shock-as-sons-death-in-china-becomes-murder-mystery-7636220.html 11 April 2012 London Evening Standard
The mother of a British businessman suspected to have been killed by a top Chinese politician’s wife has told of her “shock and horror” – as the city where he died was convulsed by violence.
China has been rocked by the political scandal after ousted Communist Party chief Bo Xilai’s wife Gu Kailai was arrested over the “intentional homicide” of Neil Heywood yesterday.
Mr Heywood, 41, from Kensington, west London, who had lived in China for ten years and had two children with his Chinese wife, was found dead in a hotel room in Chongqing last November with his death officially attributed to alcohol poisoning.
But in a major development yesterday the Chinese authorities arrested Ms Gu, 53, and an orderly at her home, Zhang Xiaojun, on suspicion of murder while Mr Bo, 62, was suspended from the Communist Party.
Speaking today at her Edwardian villa in Streatham, south London, Mr Heywood’s mother Ann said: “I’m horrified. This has come as a total shock.”
Asked if this was because she’d believed her son had died of natural causes, the well-spoken pensioner added: “All I want to say is that I’m shocked at the news, but I cannot talk any more.”
Mrs Heywood was originally told that her son had died from a heart attack.
She said the re-opening of the case by the Chinese authorities was “very interesting”, adding that her son was a “great family man”.
Foreign Secretary William Hague said he welcomed an investigation into the case and added he had “taken a personal interest” in it.
He said: “The Chinese are doing as we asked them to do and we now look forward to seeing those investigations take place.”
It is believed that Mr Heywood fell out with the Bo family over a business dispute. He had at one time been a member of the power couple’s inner circle, helping their son Bo Guagua secure a place to study at Harrow school and then Balliol College, Oxford.
The younger Mr Bo, who was often seen driving around Beijing in a red Ferrari, is now studying at Harvard University. He is believed to be holed-up in his Massachusetts apartment.
It comes as thousands of protesters clashed with police as rioting erupted in Chongqing where Mr Bo was the all-powerful leader until his sacking last month.
The Chinese authorities have now deployed the People’s Liberation Army to the city after violence broke out hours after the announcement that Mr Bo Xilai had been suspended and his wife arrested. Demonstrators claimed several people had been killed with dozens more injured, including students and elderly protesters in bloody clashes with armed police.
Pictures posted on a Chinese microblogging website appeared to confirm reports of running street battles in the city with a population of 32 million.
The protests were against the forced merger of the Wansheng business district with the poorer Qijiang county – a move approved by Mr Bo before he was sacked last month. However the timing of the outbreak of violence has left the authorities extremely nervous about whether the unrest will spread.
WHO KILLED THE CHARMER?
Saturday April 7,2012
By Anna Pukas
THE Chinese are often described as inscrutable. It is rare indeed for a Westerner to untangle the complex web of unwritten conventions that govern business and social relationships in China. One of those who succeeded was Neil Heywood.
Fluent in Mandarin after 10 years in China, he was cut from the finest British cloth – prep school followed by Harrow and a degree in international relations from Warwick University, with old-fashioned good manners and polish. his charm and discretion won him the trust of one of the most powerful political figures in China and a certain status (not to mention a good living) as an intermediary between British business and Chinese movers and shakers.
Foreign firms pay handsomely for the services of a “comprador” (it means “procurer” in Portuguese) and Heywood’s clients included Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin and Manganese Bronze, manufacturers of London black cabs.
Heywood lived in an exclusive Beijing suburb and sent his children to the Chinese branch of Dulwich College where the fees are £22,000 a year.
The suave Englishman was a Bai Shoutao, a “white glove” who and mutually beneficial deals. Ultimately those connections may have brought about his death.
In a country where the death of a foreigner is always a serious matter there was remarkably little fuss made when Heywood was found dead in a hotel room in the south-western city of Chongqing last November. But there were some odd decisions.
Although Heywood was only 41 there was no post-mortem and his body was swiftly cremated. There were two causes of death given; his family were told he had suffered a heart attack while British officials in China were told he died of alcohol poisoning. The first reason was credible (Heywood’s father had died relatively young of a heart attack), the latter less so; his friends and associates say he was virtually teetotal.
The hotel where he died hasn’t been named though many suspect it is the Hilton, which has attracted disreputable characters in the past.
Following a police raid in June 2010, 21 male customers and 102 staff were detained on charges involving drugs, illegal gambling and prostitution and the hotel’s former major Chinese shareholder is serving life for mafia-related crimes, including violence.
Heywood was close to Bo Xilai, 62, the Communist party boss of Chongqing, a mega-city of 30 mil- lion people, and to his wife, Gu Kailai, a high-profile lawyer with her own practice.
They first met a decade ago when Bo was mayor of Dalian, a city on China’s north- eastern coast, and engaged Heywood to teach his son English.
Heywood later supposedly helped the boy secure a place at Harrow and then Balliol College, Oxford.
But some time in 2010 there had been a falling-out. Over dinner in Beijing shortly before his death, Heywood confessed to his friend Tom Reed that he feared for his safety and considered fleeing the country with his Chinese wife Lulu and their children Olivia, 11, and Peter, seven.
Bo and Gu were not the sort of people you fell out with. He had made Chongqing into his own fiefdom with a supposed crackdown on crime which in fact enriched certain local figures. He was tipped for a place on the Politburo standing committee which rules China. His wife was equally feared. It was said she had arranged the disappearance of her husband’s mistress. Certainly, anyone wanting to do business in Chongqing had to engage Gu’s law firm at great expense to secure permits and contracts.
What prompted Heywood’s quarrel with them is unclear but it involved concerns over his “loyalty” to his Chinese friends.
It has emerged that Heywood occasionally worked for Hakluyt, a Mayfair-based international consultancy firm founded by a former MI6 officer.
Whether Heywood himself ever passed information to MI6 is far from certain but it hardly matters: for the ambitious Bo any suspicion of a link with the British secret service would mean the end of his dreams of leading the Chinese Communist party and the world's fastest-growing economy. Heywood was found dead in Chongqing, apparently after a meeting with Bo or a family member. Whispers soon began. In February, a Chinese journalist received an anonymous text on his mobile. It read: “Neil Heywood was murdered.”
ON FEBRUARY 6 Wang Lijun, formerly Chongqing’s chief of police and a key Bo ally, went to the uS consulate 170 miles away in Chengdu. exactly what he told the Americans is unknown but it included his suspicions about Bo and Gu’s involvement in Heywood’s death. His attempts to investigate further had now placed his own life in danger, he said.
But 24 hours later Wang left the consulate and gave himself up to the Communist party’s disciplinary section. Now American politicians are demanding to know why an official as senior as Wang was denied asylum.
In a shock move Bo Xilai was sacked in March. He and his wife are under house arrest. at her south London home, Heywood’s mother Anne clings to the belief her son did die of a heart attack while the Foreign Office has demanded a full investigation. In the case of Neil Heywood, the Chinese whispers are a long way from being silenced.