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Defendants allege police torture led to confessions

LAWYERS of nine defendants on trial in central China's Henan Province for their alleged involvement in big mafia ring have claimed that police tortured them to force confessions, today's Oriental Morning Post reported.

At a hearing in Henan's Shangqiu City on August 11, Wang Yuefeng who was the first to go on trial, claimed that police had used electric wires to shock him, had hung him up and denied him sleep for six days. He also alleged that police had poured mustard into his mouth and nose while holding a helmet over his head.

Eight other defendants of the group f 25 on trial claimed they had also been tortured to obtain confessions, the report said.

The court said it had received complaints about torture last year but decided to go ahead with the trial after an investigation by local prosecutors found no evidence to support the claims.

Prosecutors said all the officers involved in the interrogation had denied the torture charge.


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