PARIS: French police on Thursday (January 31st) reaffirmed that the death of co-chair of the HNA group Wang Jian during a French trip last summer was random and refused a news report that he was more likely to commit suicide.
Police Investigation Closed Wang, who was pressured by Beijing over HNA's huge debts, fell from a wall in the village of Bonnieux, near Avignon, on July 3, when he photographed.
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On a French day's liberation on Thursday, he published a daily French franchise, according to which the account of eyewitnesses contradicted the findings of a police investigation. One witness, local street cleaner, said that Wang was rather than dropped.
"Only Liberation and its journalists believe this theory of suicide," said a spokesman for Reuters' National Gendarmerie. "According to our investigative findings, it is a random death."
HNA refused to comment. The local prosecutor also refused to answer the report of the Liberation.
Wang was considered to be the architect of a fascinating $ 50 billion acquisition, in which HNA collected assets from Deutsche Bank AG's shareholding to highly-known overseas real estate. Under pressure from Beijing, HNA sold many of these assets to cut debt.
Aviation to Financial Services, which Hainan Airlines Co. considers to be the main stake, includes HNA sales in companies such as Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc, Park Hotels & Resorts and NH Hotels in Spain.
At the time of Wang's death, analysts argued that the pressure on HNA's share was enormous and that his meeting would complicate the conglomerate's efforts to restructure and pay off loans.