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Briton's family sees progress in seeking damages

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BEIJING (AP) -

The lawyer representing the family of a British businessman murdered by the wife of a former high-flying politician says some progress has been made in efforts to seek compensation.

   He Zhengsheng, a Beijing lawyer for the family of Neil Heywood, said by phone Tuesday that talks with the attorneys representing the convicted killer Gu Kailai had achieved "initial results and some consensus."

   Heywood's murder was at the center of China's most embarrassing political scandal in decades, with Gu's husband, Bo Xilai, dismissed from his post as Chongqing party chief and stripped of other political positions.

   The lawyer He also said the Chinese government was helping in the process.

He disputes media reports that cited Heywood's mother as saying Chinese authorities had not been responsive to the family's approaches for help.

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