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China: Petitioner raped by security guard in Beijing’s “black jails”, reporters investigated

Posted by Author on August 10, 2009

Radio Free Asia, Aug. 10, 2009-

HONG KONG— Chinese journalists who reported claims that a security guard raped a petitioner from Anhui province in one of Beijing’s “black jails” have been investigated by authorities, as the woman’s family calls for a full inquiry.

Journalists Chao Getu and Yang Jibin were not currently at work, their colleagues at the Guangzhou-based cutting-edge Southern Weekend newspaper said.

“They made the reporters write an examination report,” said an employee who answered the phone in the newspaper’s editorial department.

“Probably the government thought there was a problem, because it touched on human rights.”

“They’re not working any shifts right now,” he added.

Meanwhile, Anhui petitioner Li Ruirui has been sent to a psychiatric institution for “treatment” by the municipal authorities in her hometown of Jieshi after she alleged that a security guard at an impromptu detention center set up in Beijing’s southern Fengtai district had raped her, Li’s relatives said.

Li, 21, had gone to a local police station to report the rape, which she said left blood on the bed where she was attacked by a security guard at 2 a.m. on the morning of Aug. 5.

The detention center was in Fengtai’s Juyuan Hotel, where officials frequently detain people from outside the capital who travel there to complain about them.

Li said she was raped by a hired security guard known as “Xiao Qiang,” who was well-known to staff there.

Complaint lodged

The case was being handled by the Yangqiao police station in Fengtai.

Civil rights activist Zhao Lianhai said he had lodged a complaint on behalf of Li at the Beijing municipal police department last week, but was detained as soon as he did so.

“We are all here at the east gate of the police station, and we are all discussing the topic thoroughly. Call me again in half an hour,” he said.

Thirty minutes later his telephone was switched off.

Zhao later sent a text message saying he had been detained at the Dongjiaomin police station in the capital and calling on the media to take photographs of the remaining evidence before it disappeared.

An employee who answered the phone at the Juyuan Hotel said the police had told them Li Ruirui’s claims were untrue.

“The police at that station told me that these claims were false,” the receptionist said.

“You can ask them. We don’t know what happened.”

An officer who answered the phone at the Dongjiaomin Alley police station declined to answer questions about Zhao and his companions……. (more from Radio Free Asia)

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