Heywood family close to compensation deal with Bo Xilai's wife: Lawyer
BEIJING (AFP) - Relatives of Neil Heywood, the British businessman murdered by the wife of powerful Chinese politician Bo Xilai, are close to agreeing compensation with her representatives, a lawyer said on Monday.
The case triggered the downfall of Bo following claims he tried to block the police investigation. He will go on trial on Thursday for corruption and abuse of power.
News of the likely settlement comes after a statement from Heywood's mother urging Chinese authorities to show "decisiveness and compassion" to mitigate the consquences of his death.
Bo's wife Gu Kailai was convicted last year of poisoning Mr Heywood, who was once close to her family, and was given a suspended death sentence. The court heard that they had fallen out after a business deal went sour.