On April 2, Zhou Yanyue received some “oddly nice” warmth. First, at the Pingle court, the director Zhao Weidong asked her, “How old is the child?” and “What other members are there in Li Chaoyang’s family?” He also told her that the court would send a car in the afternoon to take her and the other family members to the Xing’an Detention Center to visit Li Chaoyang. When they arrived at Xing’an, the detention center director offered to take them out to dinner: “We had hot pot, we ordered chicken soup and the leader toasted us with wine.”
But the sense of foreboding quickly turned true. After the meal, a cadre with the Xing’an County Political Consultative Conference announced that Li Chaoyang was dead. The cries and screams were like bombs that were set off in the room. Li Chaoyang’s younger sister Li Xiuqing put aside the task of comforting her wailing sister-in-law and took out paper and pen to record the explanation from the officials. [Full text]
UPDATE: Authorities have now come up with an explanation for the mysterious death of judge LI Chaoyang in a detention center in Guilin. From People’s Daily:
The family of a judge who died in detention is not satisfied with an official investigation that claims he died from “adult sudden death syndrome” while being held in detention.
Investigators say Li Chaoyang was an uncooperative prisoner while being held in detention in Xing’an county in southwest China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and cuts on his face and other injuries were caused by a fall during an escape attempt. [Full text]