British businessman Neil Heywood may have been poisoned after threatening to expose the business dealings of Gu Kailai, wife of former Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai, according to a new Reuters exclusive which cites two unnamed sources with knowledge of the police investigation. Chris Buckley with the salacious details:
Bo’s wife, Gu Kailai, asked Heywood late last year to move a large sum of money abroad, and she became outraged when he demanded a larger cut of the money than she had expected due to the size of the transaction, the sources said.
She accused him of being greedy and hatched a plan to kill him after he said he could expose her dealings, one of the sources said, summarizing the police case. Both sources have spoken to investigators in Chongqing, the southwestern Chinese city where Heywood was killed and where Bo had cast himself as a crime-fighting Communist Party leader.
The sources have close ties to Chinese police and said they were given details of the investigation.
They said Heywood – formerly a close friend of Gu and who had been helping her with her overseas financial dealings – was killed after he threatened to expose what she was doing.
“Heywood told her that if she thought he was being too greedy, then he didn’t need to become involved and wouldn’t take a penny of the money, but he also said he could also expose it,” the first source said.