The official report's findings

PUBLISHED : Friday, 13 July, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 13 July, 2012, 12:00am


1 Fractures on Li's neck and bleeding fit the characteristics of hanging

2 There are many ways to hang oneself, as blood circulation to the brain will stop when one's neck receives 17kg of pressure. People have been hanged in postures that include standing, sitting or even lying down

4 No visible mechanical injuries on the surface of the body or inner organs

5 No bleeding or damage to the nose or mouth, ruling out smothering

6 No trace of toxins found

7 The strip of cloth that hanged Li was torn from his bed sheets

8 Li's heels were off the ground, even though his slippers were touching the floor

9 Experiments show that a blind man like Li could tear a bed sheet and use it to hang himself

10 Surveillance-camera footage showed that only Li's roommates, nurses and caretakers - a total of seven people - entered the ward that night

11 Li's body was left beside the window for hours because a nurse thought he was doing exercises

12 Li already had poor eyesight, hepatitis and Graves' disease when he was first jailed in November 1989. He was found to be deaf during a check-up in 2001 when jailed for the second time. The local government paid for his treatment after his release from prison last year.