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China dissident's father dies in disputed suicide: rights group

Published on Feb 4, 2014 7:56 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - The apparent suicide of the father of a Chinese dissident is being disputed by his loved ones, after authorities reported he jumped from a building after being detained, a rights group said.

Xue Fushun was the father of activist Xue Mingkai, who spent four years in jail after joining a banned political party and taking part in pro-democracy activities. He was freed last September.

According to a statement released by Human Rights in China on Monday, and confirmed by a family friend, both Xue's father and mother, Madam Wang Shuqing, were taken away by police in Qufu in eastern Shandong province on Jan 23.

Six days later they fled to a government public prosecutor's office but were soon caught. After being split up, Madam Wang was told that her husband had jumped to his death from the prosecutor's office, the rights group said, citing "informed" sources.

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