Bruised, battered, Chinese official's death spotlights abuses of Communist Party graft probes

April 17, 2013 6:22 AM

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Bruised, battered, Chinese official's death spotlights abuses of Communist Party graft probes

BEIJING – Yu Qiyi had a promising career in a government investment company when he disappeared on his way home from a business trip March 1. Thirty-eight days later, the bespectacled, boyish-looking engineer died after turning up in a hospital emaciated, with bruises on his arms and thighs, dark welts on his buttocks and scrapes on his feet and shins.

In between, Yu was held by investigators from China's ruling Communist Party in secret detention frequently used but not regulated by law. Since his death last week, he's become a rallying point for reformers who want to do away with a system that is prone to abuse but that Chinese leaders depend on...

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