Family of murdered Briton seeks damages in China
BEIJING (AP) - A Chinese lawyer says the family of the British businessman who was murdered by a powerful politician's wife is seeking compensation from his killer.
Beijing attorney Li Xiaolin said on Tuesday that lawyers representing Mr Neil Heywood's family have met with lawyers for Gu Kailai, the jailed wife of the former Communist Party leader in the megacity of Chongqing, to ask for compensation.
The spokesman for the British Embassy, Mr John Gallagher, said British officials have raised the issue of compensation with the Chinese Foreign Ministry on several occasions, most recently last month.
Mr Heywood's murder was at the centre of China's most embarrassing political scandal in decades that saw Gu's husband, Bo Xilai, expelled from the Politburo.