Hong Kong rights centre reports on "unusual' death" of pro-democracy activist

Hong Kong rights centre reports on "unusual' death" of pro-democracy activist

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6 June 2012

14:02

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According to the Hong Kong Information Centre for Human Rights & Democracy (6 June), a Hong Kong-based fax service which reports on dissidence, pro-democracy activist Li Wangyang, who was jailed for 22 years, died "unusually" this morning at the Daxiang Hospital in Hunan's Shaoyang City. According to his friend Li Zanmin, the Daxiang Hospital has confirmed the death of Li and large numbers of public security officers are seen taking photographs.

The report stated that Li Wangyang, aged 62, was a worker of the Shaoyang Glassworks in 1989 and sentenced to 13 years imprisonment on charges of setting up a "counterrevolutionary organization." Following his release in 2001, he was again sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for "subverting state power." When Li was freed from jail last May, he was found tortured and blind. The report added that the case is very unusual and Li could have been tortured to death by the surveillance personnel.

Source: Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, Hong Kong, in Chinese 06 Jun 12