Haidian Jail Inmate Dies after 49-day Hunger Strike

Danwei translates a Beijing Times report on a detainee in a district jail in Beijing who died after carrying out a hunger strike. His wife was not told where her husband was being held until she was notified of his death:

The deceased, a 30-year-old man identified as Qi Changjiang, was arrested on July 26th for allegedly selling counterfeit tax receipts around Beijing’s Zhongguancun high-tech neighborhood. According to Qi’s wife, Zhu Zufen, this was the second time that he had been arrested for selling fake tax receipts. For his previous offense, he had received ten months of forced labor.

Zhu told the newspaper that after her husband’s arrest, she and a lawyer went to the jail, which denied that her husband was in their custody. Zhu said that she was confused, because what the jail said contradicted information given her by the police in Haidian as well as those back in their hometown in Anhui Province.

It was only on September 17 that she received any further word about Qi, in the form of a notification about his death.

Records kept by the medical department of Haidian Jail revealed that Qi had been fasting since August 6. During that time, Qi occasionally took porridge and soybean milk but refused to talk. He was fed through a tube and was given intravenous infusion of fluids.

October 12, 2009 2:49 PM
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