Activist’s death ‘murder not suicide’

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iol pic wld Li Wangyang AFP A man carries a small flag showing the late Chinese dissident Li Wangyang.

Beijing - Police in central China say a veteran activist found hanging in his hospital room committed suicide. Family members and fellow activists suspect foul play.

A police report released through the Hong Kong China News Agency late on Thursday said investigators found Li Wangyang's fingerprints on the window bar from which he was found hanging last month. It says an autopsy concluded Li's injuries were consistent with suicide and found no signs of bruising, organ damage or other evidence of struggle.

Relatives say the 62-year-old labor rights activist never talked about killing himself despite previously spending 20 years in prison and being very sick from heart disease and diabetes. Supporters say it was suspicious Li was found hanging by his neck even though his feet touched the ground. - Sapa-AP

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