Aug 13, 2013

    Heywoods seek compensation from Bo's wife

    THE family of a British citizen murdered in China, in one of the nation's biggest political scandals in decades, is seeking compensation from his convicted killer, the wife of former top politician Bo Xilai, a source said.

    Bo's wife, Gu Kailai, was sentenced last year to life in jail for the fatal poisoning of businessman Neil Heywood in a case that led to a corruption probe into Bo, once a candidate for China's top leadership team.

    It is customary for a murderer to be ordered to pay court-sanctioned compensation to the victim's family.

    The source said that Mr Heywood's Chinese widow, Madam Lulu Wang, had been pushing for compensation for herself and their two children from Gu.

    Mr Heywood's mother, Mrs Ann Heywood, said in a statement to the Wall Street Journal that there had been no progress on seeking compensation.

    "Given the circumstances of Neil's murder, I have been surprised and disappointed that, despite repeated discreet approaches to the Chinese authorities, there has been no substantive or practical response," she said.