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Jail death video erased

A VIDEO showing a violent 20-minute attack on a prisoner in a detention house in east China's Fujian Province has been erased. The prisoner, Wen Longhui, 20, died after the assault.

Relatives of Wen, including his father, said they saw the security video that showed four prisoners savagely attacking a man on a bed with his head covered at the Fuzhou No. 2 Detention House on March 24, reported yesterday.

The relatives said they saw the victim, whom they believe was Wen, collapse after the 20-minute beating. The attackers tried to give him artificial respiration, sounded the alarm and called for warders, shouting: "It's become serious."

But the next day when the relatives went to view the video again none of this could be seen. The video just had Wen's cries for help.

The detention house maintains that there was no attack and Wen died after falling out of his bed.

An autopsy report has yet to be released.

Prosecutors in neighboring Guangdong Province are investigating the death in custody of 35-year-old Liu Yushan in a prison in Foshan City on March 31.

The prison's governor said on Wednesday that he died suddenly, possibly due to heart disease, while his family says it saw evidence that he had been beaten to death.

Police across the country have been ordered to take part in a three-month campaign to combat prisoner abuse.


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