Chinese investigators given jail terms for torturing party official
BEIJING (REUTERS) - Six Chinese Communist Party officials have been sentenced to between four and 14 years in jail for torturing another official to death, in a case that shed light on the workings of the party's judicial system.
The sentences marked a rare instance of legal punishment handed down over the abuse of a party official detained under the organisation's secretive extra-legal detention process, lawyers for the family of the dead man said on Monday.
A court in the eastern city of Quzhou issued the verdicts on Sept 30, a decision not reported by Chinese media. The trial opened on Sept 17. The six officials were convicted of intentional infliction of harm leading to death over the drowning in April of Mr Yu Qiyi, 42, a chief engineer for a state-owned investment firm in the nearby city of Wenzhou. Mr Yu was dunked repeatedly in a bucket of ice-cold water.
It was not precisely clear why Mr Yu was being investigated, although it was possibly related to a land deal, according to his family's lawyers. Mr Yu spent 38 days under "shuanggui", a form of detention imposed on party officials being investigated for disciplinary violations.