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Detainee forced to flood his insides

POLICE in north China's Hebei Province are investigating a newspaper report that a detainee was seriously injured after he was forced by another detainee to drink 15 liters of cold water a day.

Yesterday's Yanzhao Metropolis Daily said that Qin Yingwei, 27, a resident of Zanhuang County, claimed the county's detention center of dereliction of its duties. Qin was held at the detention center for alleged attempted rape.

But officials with the detention house in Zanhuang County dismissed the accusation, saying the detainee had suffered poor health for a long time, the newspaper said.

Qin said he was held in the detention house in September 2006 after being charged with attempted rape. He was found not guilty and released on April 7, 2008.

But during his detention, he reportedly was bullied into regular poker games by an intimidating inmate, Yu Zhenrong.

Qin was forced to drink tap water every time he lost a game. He was forced to drink between 10 and 15 liters of water every day for nearly two months, he said.

Soon he started to suffer health problems, the report said.

He contracted scabies, his stomach lost all sense of feeling and his body swelled.

Later he went blind in both eyes. He was sent to a hospital where his blood pressure was recorded at 210/135. Doctors said the dangerously high blood pressure had caused his blindness.

He was treated over the following nine months, but doctors said he was permanently disabled. The constant large amounts of water he had swallowed damaged his internal organs, doctors said.

Qin said he dared not refuse Yu as Yu had threatened to beat him up. Yu often beat up other inmates.

Qin said he always had to wear a leg iron, even in hospital, but he had never seen Yu, who had been given a death sentence, wear a leg iron.

Yu had been sentenced to death for stabbing two people and seriously wounding several police officers with explosives.

Officers of the detention house dismissed Qin's claim.

Qin had suffered health problems long before he was jailed, said an official surnamed Zhao, adding police had offered compensation.


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