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Senior Chinese official commits suicide in his office: Report

Published on Apr 10, 2014 1:56 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - A senior Chinese official killed himself in his Beijing office this week, reports said Thursday, in the latest mysterious suicide of a ruling Communist Party cadre.

Mr Xu Ye'an was deputy chief of China's State Bureau for Letters and Calls, the agency that fields grievances from citizens over injustices or disputes such as illegal land grabs or police misconduct. The 58-year-old had been deputy chief of the bureau since 2011.

According to the respected magazine Caixin, Mr Xu was discovered to have killed himself in his office on Tuesday morning, although the details surrounding his death remain unclear.

"It is learnt that Xu is not in good health lately and was suffering from tinnitus over the past few months," Caixin reported, citing a person close to the Bureau for Letters and Calls. "He was always in a bad mood, although the exact reason is not clear."

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