Six indicted over death of Chinese man in detention
APBEIJING--Chinese prosecutors have indicted six men in the death of a state industry executive who was allegedly dunked in ice water during questioning in a case that points to abuses during internal investigations by the Communist Party.
September 6, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
The indictment, details of which were widely published in the Chinese media, describes how 42-year-old Yu Qiyi drowned after having his head repeatedly pushed into a bucket of ice water.
Yu was detained March 1 by agents from the party's corruption watchdog in the eastern province of Zhejiang and died 38 days later after being rushed to a hospital. While under questioning, he was held in a detention center run by the party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, a body that critics say operates without legal constraints and frequently coerces confessions from those under investigation.
The six men — five investigators from the commission and one local prosecutor — were charged with intentional harm in the Aug. 30 indictment, although Yu's widow Wu Qian said Thursday that she believes there is enough evidence to charge them with murder.
“From the start, I'd hoped the case could be resolved in keeping with the law and the perpetrators held accountable and severely punished, but sometimes that's hard to do in China,” Wu said in a phone interview.