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Prosecutors probe detainee death from "fever" in NE China

06-24-2010 09:10 BJT

HARBIN, June 23 (Xinhua) -- Prosecutors in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province are investigating the death of a detainee after netizens questioned the police explanation he died from a cold and a fever, local police said Wednesday.

Wang Lijia, 57, a farmer from the provincial capital, Harbin, was detained in Harbin on May 28 on suspicion of cheating the local government out of 730,000 yuan (107,180 U.S. dollars) of land-requisition compensation earlier this year, the Harbin Public Security Bureau said in a statement.

Wang admitted the crime.

He was transferred to a detention center in Shuangcheng City on June 7 to prevent collusion.

Wang began to display symptoms of cold and fever in the evening of June 16 and took medicine provided by the prison clinic.

He was taken to a hospital in Shuangcheng City at about 1 a.m. the next day, and doctors there gave him an injection before he was returned to the detention center.

Wang felt sick at about 5 a.m. and was rushed to the hospital again. He died at about 8 a.m. after emergency treatment failed.

Five coroners from the provincial public security administration, the Harbin public security bureau and the Harbin procurator conducted the autopsy on June 18 in the presence of Wang's family. The report is expected to be released in July.

The Beijing News reported Wednesday Wang's family members doubt the police explanation for the death after they found several injuries on his body.

The family members said the man was healthy and that he did a lot of farm work.

Coroners who participated in the autopsy said there were no injuries or bone fractures and that the electric-shock marks on his chest were left by the doctors who tried to revive him, according to the statement.

The cause of Wang's death is being investigated, it said.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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