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Hunan party chief affirmssuicide verdict on dissident

The Communist Party's top official in Hunan province has broken his silence on the death of Tiananmen dissident Li Wangyang to reiterate the findings of a recent investigation that ruled it was suicide.

Tuesday, 31 July, 2012, 12:00am

Dissident 'killed himself'

A second investigation by mainland police in Hunan into the mysterious death of June 4 dissident Li Wangyang says he committed suicide.

Li, who was nearly deaf and blind and could hardly walk, was found hanged in his hospital room, in the city of Shaoyang on June 6.

14 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Li Wangyang complaint delivered

An official report on the investigation into the death of June 4 dissident Li Wangyang has apparently failed to quell Hongkongers' discontent. Yesterday two members of the League of Social Democrats submitted a letter of complaint and a petition signed by 4,000 people to Beijing authorities yesterday.

14 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Report on activist's death 'within week'

A mainland report on the death of June 4 activist Li Wangyang will be released within a week, the leader of a local political party said yesterday.

Philip Li Koi-hop, chairman of the People's Opposition Party, said two mainland officials told him of the timing of the report's publication but had not described its scope or said which authority was issuing it.

12 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Activist raising funds for memorial to fellow fighter

Hong Kong may soon be home to a life-sized bronze memorial of the late Hunan pro-democracy activist Li Wangyang, thanks to the efforts of a fellow veteran of the Tiananmen Square protests who hopes to raise US$50,000 through a crowd-funding site.

8 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Former chief justice sings Wong's praises

Former chief justice Andrew Li Kwok-nang has taken the unusual step of making public a personal letter paying tribute to the 'outstanding contribution' of Secretary for Justice Wong Yan-lung, who steps down this week after seven years in the job.

27 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Clampdown on Li Wangyang's friends goes on

Two weeks after veteran pro-democracy activist Li Wangyang died under suspicious circumstances, some of his friends who have spoken out about his case remained detained by police or were still under house arrest yesterday, according to people familiar with them.

20 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

More Tang backers reappointed

More supporters of failed chief executive candidate Henry Tang Ying-yen, including his brother and high-profile businessman Allan Zeman, have been reappointed to statutory bodies.

While some take it as a sign of reconciliation between the two factions of the Beijing loyalist camp, split by the often bitter election campaign, a political scientist said it was too early to tell.

16 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Heirs' rights are no longer so apparent

As the old Chinese saying goes, the first generation makes the wealth and the next generation wastes it away. Most of our leading tycoons have taken this warning to heart and strive to avoid it in their families. One by one, they are making known their succession plans and designating their empires' heirs.

12 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Security chief to retire after 38 years of service

Security Secretary Ambrose Lee Siu-kwong confirmed yesterday that he would be leaving the government after 38 years of service.

He also said Hongkongers had been enjoying more freedom since the handover.

For instance, 'there are 18 protests every day now, a number not seen in the past', he said.

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Family distraught after autopsy done on activist

An autopsy has been carried out on democracy activist Li Wangyang against his family's wishes.

Li died in a hospital in Shaoyang, Hunan, on Wednesday. Authorities' claims that he hung himself have been widely challenged.

9 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Answers demanded in activist's death

An online petition demanding a fair investigation into the death of Hunan democracy and union activist Li Wangyang is gathering steam.

Family and supporters suspect foul play but local police say he hanged himself in hospital.

8 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Activist has already seen the worst

Li Biyun is no longer intimidated by threats of torture and death. The petite 44-year-old woman has endured years of hardship while fighting for land rights and fair elections in her hometown of Rongli village, under Foshan city in Guangdong.

20 May 2012 - 12:00am

Li Keqiang primed to succeed

The state media's unusually extensive coverage of Li Keqiang's European tour showed the vicepremier remains well positioned to succeed Wen Jiabao as premier despite rumours to the contrary, analysts said.

12 May 2012 - 12:00am

David Li fails to demolish structure

Finance-sector lawmaker David Li Kwok-po could be prosecuted for not removing an illegal structure at a property he owns on The Peak.

The Buildings Department said yesterday that it had issued a demolition order for the rooftop structure in February last year but a recent inspection showed it was still there.

3 May 2012 - 12:00am