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Family wants hunger strike-death probed

A FAMILY in Beijing is demanding an investigation into the death of a suspect who died after a 49-day hunger strike in a detention house.
Qi Changjiang, 30, of Anhui Province, died of "heart arrest after 49-day fast," according to the death certificate in the name of John Doe, according to yesterday's Beijing Times.
He was arrested on July 26 for selling fake invoices and was taken to Beijing's Haidian District Detention Center, where he refused to talk to officers or eat.
Qi's wife Zhu Haifen told the newspaper she was suspicious of Qi's death as she tried to visit her husband four times in the detention house and each time was told there was no such person there.
By the time of his death, Qi was gaunt. Zhu said her husband weighed 89 kilograms and was perfectly healthy before being taken into custody, accusing detention officers of maltreatment.
She also said one of Qi's doctors surnamed Liu told her Qi requested family visits but was denied.
The district's police said they tried to make Qi eat and the detention center's clinic intervened with glucose injections and nasal feeding after the 10th day of his hunger strike, according to the report.
Qi's condition deteriorated after he vomited blood and fell into a coma. He was sent to No. 261 Hospital of People's Liberation Army on September 17 but died hours later.
Haidian Police said Qi refused to talk after being taken into custody so they didn't know his identity or why he chose to fast. They said they found his identity from a prior conviction, also for selling fake invoices.


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