China detains official for rapes after online uproar

By REUTERS
May 27, 2012 07:27

BEIJING - Police in central China detained a former Communist Party official on suspicion or raping underage girls, state media said on Sunday, following an online uproar about the latest case of abuse of power.

Li Xingong, who was the party's deputy head in Yongcheng city in Henan province, is accused of assaulting more than ten girls during police interrogations, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

City authorities have "ordered swift and severe punishment on the suspect in accordance with relevant laws", it added.

The case has been widely discussed on China's wildly popular Twitter-like microblogging site Weibo, after reports about the rapes naming him as the perpetrator began circulating online over the past week.


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