Ms. Wang Li, 38, Shandong


Ms. Wang Li prior to her detention

Ms. Wang Li prior to her detention

Name: Wang Li (??)
Gender: Female
Age: 38
Occupation: Employed by Gaomi City Steel Cast Factory
Date of Most Recent Arrest: October 20, 2009
Date of Most Recent Release: Died in custody
Date of Death: October 28, 2009
Province: Shandong
City: Gaomi
Address: Cast Steel Factory Family Housing in Wangjiazhuang Village, Kangzhuang Town, Gaomi City (under Weifang City), Shandong Province
Most Recent Place of Detention: Gaomi City Detention Center (??????)

Case Details:

On the afternoon of October 20, 2009, Ms. Wang Li tried to use her unemployment compensation card at the Gaomi City Human Resources Market. The employee that took her card told her that the computer showed incorrect information and that she would need to have it checked in the archive area upstairs. The assertion was, in fact, an excuse to distract Ms. Wang, while the employee notified the police; the card had been marked as a means of tracking her whereabouts.

A police vehicle soon arrived, and two plainclothes officers from the Gaomi City Economic Developing Zone Police Station detained Ms. Wang and took her to the Gaomi City Domestic Security Department and 610 Office; she was then taken to Gaomi City Detention Center.

On October 28, 2009,  Ms. Wang’s family members brought clothes to the center to give to her, but were suddenly informed that she had already died of a stroke. When her relatives saw her body, they found marks of abuse covering it. Another source inside China reported that police had beaten her to death because she refused to answer their questions.