Five officials from the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, an internal affairs investigation department, and a local prosecutor were charged on August 30 with intentional assault in the death of detained state company executive Yu Qiyi. Yu, under suspicion of corruption linked to a land deal, drowned when his head was repeatedly forced underwater during an extrajudicial interrogation process known as ‘shanggui.’ Drowning was the only injury listed by the prosecution; however postmortem examination revealed injuries indicating he was tortured in other ways. The story was first published by state news service Xinhua, though it was later removed. The Beijing Times picked up the report, now widely publicized, which includes photographs of Yu’s body showing bruises and scrapes. Yu Qiyi was the chief engineer for the Wenzhou Industry Investment Group in Wenzhou, China, located approximately 220 miles southwest of Shanghai. (BBC, Sept. 4; AP via Washington Post, Sept. 5, 2013)
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Robert A. Kapp is senior advisor to the China Program at the Carter Center. He has been principal of Robert A. Kapp and Associates, a business consulting firm, since 2004. From 1994 through 2004 he served as President of the United States-China Business Council…