UK businessman was murdered to prevent him from disclosing 'unspeakable' China secret
British businessman Neil Heywood was murdered to prevent him from revealing an 'unspeakable' and 'complicated' secret, one of China's top forensic scientists has claimed.
Wang Xuemei is the first and so far the only senior establishment figure to speak out about Heywood's 'mysterious death' in a Chinese hotel room last November, and said that official accounts of the motive behind the murder are 'absurd'.
The official narrative says that Heywood was murdered by Gu Kailai, wife of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai, after a business dispute led him to threaten the couple's son.
In August, Gu was convicted of using cyanide to poison an already-intoxicated Heywood in a hotel room in Chongqing, the Chinese megacity where her husband was the party chief.
Xuemei, who is one of the most senior forensic experts at China's Supreme People's Procuratorate, the top government body in charge of serious criminal investigations and prosecutions, rejected that version and said her 'conscience' had led her to speak out.
Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, Xuemei claimed it "was not possible that Gu did it just because someone had threatened her son".
She also rejected the claim that a rumoured romance between Gu and Heywood had triggered the murder.
"I believe it was [a] killing to stop someone from disclosing a secret and that secret is not a sexual relationship, but bigger and more complicated, unspeakable," she said.
According to the report, Wang said she believed the true reasons behind Heywood's murder would be traced back to the city of Dalian, where Bo Xilai was the mayor between 1993 and 2000 and where Heywood lived for a period in the 1990s, apparently working initially as an English teacher.
Wang said she had analysed and compared public documents relating to Gu's trial and that of Chongqing's former police chief, Wang Lijun, who in September was convicted of attempting to cover up Heywood's murder, the report said.