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Wife urges probe into official's 'suicide'

STAB wounds on the back of a Hunan Province vice mayor said to have jumped to his death have prompted his wife to demand an official inquiry.

Yang Kuansheng, 47, vice mayor of Wugang City in Hunan Province, was found dead on November 26. His wife Liu Yuehong, who is a doctor, told today's Southern Metropolis Daily that his scars could not have been made by himself.

A forensic technician said Yang was probably murdered, because he had wounds on his back, neck and left wrist as well as an injury on the back of his head and three broken ribs, an earlier report said.

His wife is demanding a reinvestigation by the Supreme People's Procuratorate the newspaper reported. Police said Yang was depressed and committed suicide by jumping out of a window.

He used a knife and scissors to cut his neck and wrist, and tried to electrocute himself before jumping to his death, the police said.

Liu's lawyer Teng Biao also said he found three different types of bloody footprints in Yang's apartment which the police ignored. Teng added that Yang must have been in shock after bleeding so much in the apartment, and could not have climbed on to the balcony to jump.

Liu told the newspaper that her husband was not depressed and had called her the night before died, saying somebody was trying to kill him. The call was cut off and she later got a short message from Yang's cell phone saying he was all right.


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