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6 indicted over death of Chinese man in detention

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September 5, 2013 03:23 AM EST | AP

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BEIJING — Chinese prosecutors have indicted six members of the Communist Party's internal investigation body over the death of a state industry executive allegedly tortured during questioning.

Details of the indictment have widely been published in Chinese media. They describe how 42-year-old Yu Qiyi drowned after having his head repeatedly dunked in a bucket of ice water.

Yu was detained March 1 by agents from the party's corruption watchdog and died 38 days later.

The six were charged with intentional harming, although Yu's widow Wu Xi says she believes there is enough evidence to charge them with murder.

Critics say the party body operates without legal constraints. Prosecutors refused to comment on the case Thursday.