Jia Jiuxiang dies after being taken in for questioning by Communist party's anti-corruption investigators.
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Jia's death is the second case in two weeks of an official dying while being held in Communist party’s secret detention system.
A senior official at a city court in central China
has died under mysterious circumstances, his body bruised after 11 days in the custody of anti-corruption investigators of the ruling Communist party, according to his family.
The case of Jia Jiuxiang, who was vice-president of the Sanmenxia City intermediate people's court in Henan province, is the second in two weeks to surface of an official dying while being held in the party's secret detention system
, which is not regulated by law.
Jia's relatives say they suspect he was tortured in detention. His brother-in-law, Zhou Qiang, said Jia was detained on 12 April by the local party's discipline inspection committee, turned up in a local hospital on Monday night and died on Tuesday morning after attempts to save him failed.
Jia's wife, who was allowed to see the body, said his face had turned blue and his body was covered in bruises, Zhou said.
"We think that in handling the case, the discipline inspection committee used cruel tactics against him," Zhou said. He said that Jia, 49, had previously been in good health.
Another relative, Ma Weihua, who identified himself as Jia's nephew, confirmed details of Zhou's account and said local officials told the relatives they would conduct an investigation into Jia's death.