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i cannot say anything more about the incident... china has already several similar cases before, when will it stop?


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ZHENGZHOU - An investigation has begun into the sudden death of an inmate who allegedly died after being forced to take a cold shower on a chilly morning in 2008 at a labor camp in central China's Henan Province, local authorities said Tuesday.

Mu Damin, born in 1948, was detained at Kaifeng municipal labor camp for a year starting from April 25, 2007 on a robbery charge, said a spokesperson with Kaifeng Municipal Bureau of Justice.

The investigation team members were from the Discipline Inspection Commission of Kaifeng Municipal Bureau of Justice and Kaifeng Municipal Procuratorate, the spokesperson said.

Three inmates, Li Xiaoyong, Wang Debao and another one who preferred to remain anonymous, claimed that they saw Mu pass out after being forced to take a cold shower on March 14, 2008 and died after being taken to the hospital, Xiaoxiang Morning News reported on Tuesday.

"We heard that Mu died of cerebrovascular rupture," Wang said.

Mu suffered from an acute illness on March 14, 2008 and was taken to Huaihe Hospital, affiliated to Henan University. He was discharged and sent back home on March 17 and died there on March 19, said the spokesperson.

Mu was quite old and suffered from high blood pressure, so he was not assigned any work at the camp and he was granted to leave the camp 22 days before his one-year sentence ended, said the spokesperson.

Investigators would try to find out what happened and disclose their results as soon as possible. If the camp police were found to have violated relevant laws or regulations, they would be punished severely, said the spokesperson.
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Post time 2010-4-15 09:51:06 |Display all floors

Inmate dies at labor center; family cries foul

china daily

BEIJING - A 37-year-old severely underweight inmate died last Friday at a reeducation-through-labor center in Tangshan city, Hebei province.

Dong Xiongbo, who lived at the center for nearly a year, was 179-cm-tall but weighed only 35 kg when he died at a local hospital.

Dong's family alleged his death was a result of "too much work and lack of timely medical treatment".

Dong was sent to the center last May after he was caught scalping tickets in Beijing. He weighed 54 kg at the time.

Reeducation-through-labor, or laojiao, an administrative measure adopted in 1957, empowers the police - instead of the courts - to sentence a person guilty of minor offenses to a maximum of four years' incarceration.

During their time at the center, the inmates receive education and are required to do labor.

Shen Chengzhe, the deceased's cousin, said Dong was given the task of making 8,000 pairs of chopsticks each day until he fell ill last October.

"He told us (last October) he had fallen ill because he had worked too hard the past 10 days. But he was still forced to work until this February when he fainted," Shen said.

"Instead of taking him to a hospital, the center only gave him some painkillers.

"He told us the center wouldn't take him to a hospital because he didn't have money. So we sent some money to him in March," said Shen.

On March 18, the center told Dong's mother to go to the hospital, where Dong was admitted.

When Dong's mother saw him, she knew he was "too sick" to be cured.

"He was so skinny and weak, like a skeleton, and the doctor told me he couldn't be saved," said Dong's 69-year-old mother. "He has no wife or children and he was my only son."

The center on Wednesday refused to comment on Dong's death, saying the Justice Bureau of Tangshan is investigating the case.

The investigation team, led by the bureau, denied the family's allegations.

Zheng Yingxiang, deputy procuratorator of the Procuratorate of Tangshan, said Dong died of tuberculosis.

"After our investigation into the case, we didn't find any of the allegations, which the deceased's family has levied, to be true," he said.

Zheng said the supervisors at the center had been "very humane" and sent Dong to the hospital three times, adding that the officials at the center even paid for his treatment once when his family could not be reached.

But Dong's family is certain the local government is trying to manipulate the truth.

Shen said the doctor who was treating Dong told him he did not die of tuberculosis, but of severe malnutrition.

"We don't want any money or compensation. We just want the truth. We want to know why my cousin died and who is responsible," Shen said.

Ma Huaide, a law professor at the China University of Political Science and Law, said although people's personal freedom is taken away in labor centers, their health and right to life should still be protected.

"If Dong really died due to the workload and lack of timely medical treatment, the officials of the center should be held responsible," Ma said.

Chen Xin contributed to this story.
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