Yan Shaoyuan

Chinese Name: 颜少元
Gender: Male
Age: 49
City: Hengyang City
Province: Hunan
Date of Death: 2003-02-24
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Case Description:

Mr. Yan Shaoyuan, 49, was a former principal of Xinmin Elementary School in Hengyang City, Hunan Province. He was a kindhearted person who was well respected in Hengyang City. On March 6, 2002, he and his wife were working in their family-run store, when a gang of policemen suddenly burst in and took him away. The police also ransacked the store, appropriating all the goods and money. Mr. Yan's store, worth 70,000 Yuan, was thus completely destroyed. Many of his family members and relatives were also affected. While in detention, Mr. Yan was brutally tortured, and he died on February 24, 2003.