|Water torture killed Wenzhou official, lawsuit claims
A Chinese official was allegedly drowned by investigators who stripped him naked and held him down in a bathtub as they attempted to extract a confession to corruption, state-run media reported.
Yu Qiyi was held down by graft investigators in a tub full of “icy water'' several times, the Beijing Times said, citing a court filing by prosecutors.
They only stopped when Yu, 42, the chief engineer of a state-owned company in eastern Wenzhou, stopped struggling, the report said.
He died in a hospital a few hours later.
A post-mortem showed he had been made to “imbibe liquids'' that caused pulmonary dysfunction and eventually his death, according to a photograph of a forensic document carried by the newspaper.
Relatives also found multiple bruises on his body after his death in April, it added. He had been detained since early March over suspected wrongdoings in a land deal, the report said.
The six investigators who interrogated Yu – five of them from the ruling Communist Party's discipline inspection department and the other one a local prosecutor – have been charged with intentional injury and a trial is pending, the report said.
“Yu Qiyi was a strong man before he was detained... but was skinny when he died,'' the dead man's wife Wu Qian was quoted as saying by the newspaper.
“He was bruised internally and externally during the 38 days [in detention]. He must have been tortured in other ways besides the drowning exposed by the prosecution,'' she said.—AFP