In a move highlighting improved transparency and responsiveness, but also acknowledging the ongoing use of torture in policing, the following brief notice was recently released:
On March 12, 2017,a suspect died while our bureau's criminal investigation squad was handling the a case of a telecommunications fraud ring. Upon preliminary investigation by an inspection detachment from the Jiaozuo Municipal Public Security Bureau , the people's police handling the case are suspected of using torture to extract confessions and collect evidence, and the Wen County procuratorate has opened a case for investigation. The public security organs will actively cooperate and resolutely punish case-handling personnel who have violated rules or laws. Any progress in the situation will be promptly released.
Henan, Wen County Public Security Bureau
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