Gu Kailai, who is in custody accused of poisoning Mr Heywood, struck a bizarre deal to import hot air balloons from Dorset to China – and is accused of trying to illegally bring into Britain £200,000 to pay for her son’s public school fees.
This photograph of Mrs Gu shows her with a French architect Patrick Devillers, her other western business partner. This is the first publicly available picture of Mr Devillers, whose role in Mrs Gu’s dealings has come under the spotlight following Mr Heywood’s death.
The deal shows how Mrs Gu, whose husband Bo Xilai was until last month one of China’s most powerful politicians, and Mr Heywood enjoyed a business relationship going back almost 15 years, suggesting he was deeply involved in her financial affairs. It has been claimed Mr Heywood may have been killed because he knew too much.
* Scotland Yard is set to conduct its own investigation into Mr Heywood’s death on the orders of a London coroner. The Sunday Telegraph has learned that Dr Andrew Harris, coroner for south London, is considering writing to Ken Clarke, the Justice Secretary, requesting permission to hold an inquest under a special section of the Coroners Act. Any inquest would give the coroner power to order police to carry out an investigation. Chinese authorities first said Mr Heywood, who was cremated, had died from drinking too much an alcohol before opening its own murder inquiry
* The Duke of York invited the Chinese ambassador to Buckingham Palace last week for private talks. A spokesman refused yesterday to disclose details of Prince Andrew’s meeting with Liu Xiaoming, the Chinese ambassador, but its timing will raise speculation over concern over the death. Only last May, the Duke met Bo Xilai in China in his capacity as Britain’s special trade envoy.
* Dramatic details emerged of blind dissident Chen Guangcheng’s daring escape from house arrest to the US embassy in Beijing. Hu Jia, a friend of Mr Chen, told the Sunday telegraph how the dissident managed to evade capture in a police chase. Hours later, Mr Hu was himself detained by Chinese authorities
* China and the US are embroiled in a growing diplomatic row ahead of a visit this week by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The Chinese government are putting pressure on Mrs Clinton to release Mr Chen from US protection but such a move would be severely criticised in Washington. China’s ruling elite has been shaken by both Mr Chen’s escape and the investigations into Mr Bo and his wife, who are both accused of being at the centre of a network of multi million pound corruption.