Sudden death of prisoner was forcibly cremated, family member requesting investigation rejected – Australia
The Shangqiu City Procuratorate’s Supervisory Office replied that the relevant supervisors in Yudong Prison had “no serious violations” in this matter. Photo courtesy of the family of the deceased
After nearly 7 months of morgue in the funeral home, yesterday afternoon, the body of Li Junliang, a prisoner in the Yudong Prison in Henan Province, was forcibly cremated. Prior to this, Li's family members suspected the cause of his death and asked the prosecutors to open a case and access surveillance video, but they were rejected.
Zheng Boyang, a lawyer in Zhengzhou, said that the Prison Law does not specify how to dispose of the remains of prisoners, but it cannot go beyond the relevant spirit of the civil law. Therefore, the right to dispose of the remains of prisoners should belong to their families. Li Junliang's family members can sue to higher authorities or file a lawsuit in court.
Funeral home staff: family members have no right to visit alone
Li Junliang was born in 1970 in Yucheng County, Henan Province. In July 1998, he was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Intermediate Court of Shangqiu City for robbery, trafficking in women, rape and theft. If it were not for the sudden death in Yudong Prison serving his sentence on June 7, 2013, he would be released in more than 6 days.
Cao Lei, now released after serving his sentence, was in the same prison as Li Junliang. According to Cao Lei, Li Junliang suddenly fainted at around 9 o'clock that night, "I just saw him on the spot." Li was rushed to a small hospital in the prison for rescue.
About half an hour later, Li Junliang’s family received a call from the prison, and they were told that he was seriously ill and 120 was being rescued. "After more than an hour, the prison called again, saying that my brother's rescue was ineffective." Li Junliang's younger sister Li Wenjuan said, and the other party told the family not to go to visit overnight.
The certificate issued by the Yudong Prison to the Shangqiu Funeral Home shows that Li Junliang's body was taken into the funeral home on the night of the incident. The staff of the funeral home told the Nandu reporter that the body of the deceased in Yudong Prison is generally cremated by the hall. Without the permission of the prison, the family of the deceased has no right to visit the body alone, let alone take it away.
Prosecutor: Does not meet the conditions for filing a case
But the staff member did not explain the legal basis for this practice. Li Wenjuan said that his family members once saw Li Junliang's body under the supervision of the prison. “The prison does not allow us to take photos and videos, and warns that if our family members dare to be disobedient, they will send armed police to deal with us.”
Li Wenjuan described that Li Junliang's face turned blue, his body was basically normal, and there was a scratch on his forehead. The prison explained that it was caused by a fall when he became ill. "People with heart disease usually use electric shocks, but my brother has no signs of electric shocks on his chest." Li Wenjuan said.
After Li Junliang's death, his family members negotiated with the prison authorities, requesting to view the on-site surveillance video of Li Junliang more than 5 hours before and after the incident, surveillance video of his work and life in the week before his death, as well as Li Junliang's physical examination report and hospitalization records in the prison.
After all the above requests were rejected, Li Junliang's family filed a complaint with the Procuratorate Office of the Shangqiu City Procuratorate, requesting that the matter be filed and the prison authorities be held accountable. On December 2013, 12, the Procuratorate of the Shangqiu City Procuratorate’s prison replied that after investigation, Li Junliang died of illness while serving his sentence, and the relevant supervisors in Yudong Prison “had no serious violations of the law and did not meet the conditions for filing a case” in this matter.
So far, the family members have only been verbally conveyed that Li Junliang is "sudden cardiac death" and have not received any documents about the cause of death.
Roommate: The deceased was once in a prison hospital
"The procuratorate doesn't care, we will investigate by ourselves." Li Wenjuan said, the family contacted the inmates who were released from prison before and after Li Junliang's incident and learned that Li Junliang had been hospitalized for a heart attack and that the inmates in Yudong Prison worked more than 10 hours a day. There is a problem of overtime work.
At least four persons released after serving their sentences proved Li Wenjuan's statement to the Southern Metropolis reporter. Cao Lei, who was in the same cell with Li Junliang, said that before and after the Spring Festival last year, Li Junliang was hospitalized once in prison hospitals due to heart problems, and he participated in the care for the second time.
Zhu Liufu, who took care of Li Junliang's first hospitalization, said that in January last year, Li Junliang was hospitalized with sinus bradycardia. At that time, his heart rate was only more than 1 times a minute. After staying in the hospital for four or five days, he was discharged after being relieved. "This kind of patient should be admitted to the disabled team, but the prison did not let him rest."
Wang Lixin, who used to be in the same sub-district with Li Junliang, said that he had assisted prison guards in taking care of prisoners in the sub-district. “Generally, prisoners who are sick and not particularly urgent will not ask for leave and generally will not approve.” Li Junliang is the first. Wang Lixin was escorted by Wang Lixin.
In the negotiations with Yudong Prison, the prison authorities initially stated that Li Junliang had been hospitalized for high blood pressure and heart disease, and the prison guard Li Yabin testified, but later denied that Li Junliang was hospitalized.
"If my brother has been in the hospital and the prison is still allowed to do heavy work, there must be malfeasance; if my brother has a normal physical examination every year, why would he die suddenly?" Li Wenjuan questioned.
Xia Wenxiang, director of the Procuratorate Office of Shangqiu City Procuratorate, told reporters that according to his investigation, Li Junliang had indeed been hospitalized, but he was not a heart attack; Xia’s subordinate and deputy director of the Shangqiu City Procuratorate’s Prosecutor’s Office in Yudong Prison, Bao Changwei denied Xia According to the statement, Li Junliang has never been hospitalized during his sentence. The warden and office director of Yudong Prison declined to be interviewed.
Yesterday morning, Li Junliang’s family members went to Yudong Prison and funeral home separately to discuss the explanation. In the afternoon, Li Wenjuan received a notice that his brother's body had been cremated.