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Basic conclusion has been drawn from autopsy on Lei Yang

(People's Daily Online)    16:49, June 29, 2016
Basic conclusion has been drawn from autopsy on Lei Yang
Lei Yang (file photo)

The ongoing investigation into the death of a 29-year-old Beijing man who was found dead in police custody has seen a new development. The legal representative of Lei Yang’s family disclosed on Tuesday that a preliminary conclusion has been drawn from the autopsy performed on Lei’s body. But a further examination will still be needed.

According to its official Wechat account, the People’s Procuratorate of Beijing Municipality has formed a forensic team of top-level forensic and pathology experts to authenticate the autopsy results on Monday.

The team concurred on the previous work of the forensic identification center authorized by the Procurateorate and advised supplementary tests. The Procuraterate will arrange for further examination.

On Tuesday, the municipal authority met with Lei’s family and legal counsel for their opinion.

Lei’s family accused the officers of intentional injury and consequential death, abuse of power and fabrication as well as concealing evidence when filing the case, said Chen Youxi, legal representative of Lei’s family.

According to Chen, the Beijing Procuratorate is now investigating the five police officers involved in the death of Lei for misconduct. The final charges will be determined after a thorough inspection and review of evidence.

The Procurateorate informed the family after it reexamined Lei’s preliminary autopsy report.

Chen added that the family requested for criminal detention for the five police officers. They also demanded that the five individuals in the foot parlor should be transferred under the Procuraterate’s custody as they are key witnesses in the case.

Chen said that so far he has no information regarding the penalty that the police hasve posed on the five message parlor employees.

Six lawyers from Beijing, Shanghai and other regions have called for equal protection for the rights of the foot parlor employees. They are also willing to offer legal assistance, Caixin.com reported.

The Lei Yang case took place on May 7. From May 9 to 12, Beijing Changping district police notified the public twice regarding the investigation process, which all mentioned the coercive measures to the five employees suspected of assisting prostitution.

The autopsy was started on May 13. In accordance with relevant regulations, the result must be announced within 60 working days. That means the autopsy report should be released no later than early August. 

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