SPY-in-the-bag Gareth Williams was in contact with the son of a Kazakh oligarch before his death, it was claimed yesterday.
Cops believe the spook and Furkat Ibragimov — son of billionaire Alijan — spoke in the months before the computer analyst was found dead at an MI6-owned flat.
The link raises questions over whether he was actively working for the intelligence services.
An inquest failed to find the cause of death and left open the possibility of murder after his naked body was found in a locked North Face bag in Pimlico, central London, in August 2010.
A fresh probe by police was launched after the inquest but it is unclear if detectives have yet quizzed Mr Ibragimov.
How the pair met is still unknown, and there is no suggestion wealthy Mr Ibragimov — based in London — is a suspect.
Scotland Yard said last night: “This remains an active investigation.”
Article written by Ryan Parry, reporter at The Sun, and sub edited by myself.
Originally published in The Sun on Monday December 31 2012.