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China Closes Death-in-Custody Case, Leaving Questions, Discontent

As 2016 draws to a close, many in China feel the government has missed an opportunity to advance the rule of law, given its handling of the controversial case of Lei Yang, a 29-year-old environmental engineer who died in police custody earlier this year. In early December, hopes were high that some progress might be made when prosecutors submitted a request that five officers allegedly involved in Lei Yang’s death be brought to trial. The case has sparked debate about police brutality....

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