SCMP: New probe of June 4 activist’s death launchedPosted: June 14, 2012
SCMP reports from Shaoyang, “Authorities give in to mounting public pressure and indicate they no longer believe that Li Wangyang killed himself in hospital or suffered an accident.”
It says, “‘Apart from entrusting authoritative forensic experts from outside the province to conduct an autopsy, [we] have launched a further probe by a team of experienced criminal investigation experts,’ the Beijing-backed Hong Kong China News Agency quoted a spokesman of Hunan provincial public security bureau as saying yesterday.
“The spokesman admitted the probe was largely prompted by the persistent attention and concern over Li’s death by overseas media and the public. The findings of the investigation would be publicised in a timely manner, he said.”
It also says, “Meanwhile, in Shaoyang, where Li died, the city’s police chief, Li Xiaokui , told his close friends that he “didn’t order the killing” of the democracy activist.
“He also told friends that the Li case “was very complex” and expressed fears that he might be made the scapegoat for Li’s death in the Daxiang district hospital on the morning of June 6.”