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Hague on Heywood death: 'We demanded investigation'

The Foreign Secretary, William Hague, has defended the role of the Foreign Office following the suspicious death of a British citizen in China.

Neil Heywood, 41, had lived in China for 10 years. He was found dead on 15 November in a hotel room in the central city of Chongqing.

Chinese officials initially said he had died of "excessive alcohol consumption" and that explanation was at first accepted by Mr Heywood's family and the British embassy.

But after friends raised doubts, the British government asked the Chinese authorities to reopen the investigation.

Mr Hague said consular officials had raised the subject of a post-mortem, but that in China, the decision to request one is the family's.

  • 16 Apr 2012
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