The body of an anti-corruption official in Hubei was found with 11 stab wounds at 6:40pm on August 27th, and was promptly declared to be a case of suicide by local authorities. Xie Yexin (谢业新), an official with the Commission for Disciplinary Inspection in Jingzhou City’s Gong’an County (荆州市公安县), was found dead in his office chair on Saturday, having suffered a total of 11 knife wounds to the neck, chest, abdomen and wrists.
At an 8am Monday morning press conference in Gong’an County’s main government building, it was announced that police considered Xie’s death to be a suicide, which meant the conclusion came less than forty-eight hours after Xie’s body was discovered. It was suggested that Xie’s suicide was possibly related to work issues, stemming from his failure to be promoted to the standing committee at his office.
Xie’s relatives then disrupted the press conference by harassing the local deputy secretary of Public Security Management Hao Xiang (浩祥). Incredulous over the investigation’s findings, Xie’s family asked why Xie would choose to severely mutilate so much of his body in a suicide attempt. Lingering questions also surround the fact that a conspicuous lack of blood was found on Xie’s desk, which should be present due to the nature of his specific neck wounds.
Family members dismissed the suicide claim, saying that Xie’s daughter was soon going to graduate from college, and that the work concerns were “only a small problem.”