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Britain welcomes Heywood murder trial, investigation

Published on Aug 20, 2012 11:12 AM
 
He Zhengsheng (centre), the lawyer for the family of British murder victim Neil Heywood, is surrounded by reporters as he leaves the Intermediate People's Court in Hefei, Anhui Province Aug 20, 2012. Britain said on Monday it welcomed China's move to investigate the death of British businessman Neil Heywood, after the wife of a prominent Chinese politician was found guilty of murdering him.-- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (AFP) - Britain said on Monday it welcomed China's move to investigate the death of British businessman Neil Heywood, after the wife of a prominent Chinese politician was found guilty of murdering him.

"We welcome the fact that the Chinese authorities have investigated the death of Neil Heywood, and tried those they identified as responsible," Britain's embassy in Beijing said in a statement.

"We consistently made clear to the Chinese authorities that we wanted to see the trials in this case conform to international human rights standards and for the death penalty not to be applied."

A Chinese court on Monday handed Gu Kailai, wife of the disgraced leader Bo Xilai, a suspended death sentence for Heywood's murder and sentenced a Bo family employee to nine years in jail for acting as her accomplice.

 
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