Lai Jiamiao

Chinese Name: 赖佳淼
Gender: Male
Age: 59
City: Shaoguan
Province: Guangdong
Date of Death: 2009-11-27
Date of Most Recent Arrest: 2007-12
Most recent place of detention: Shaoguan City Prison
Case Description:

At around 10:00 p.m. on November 27, 2009, Mr. Lai Jiamiao's family received a call from Shaoguan City Prison, saying that Mr. Lai was very sick, but they did not ask the family to visit. Only three hours later, at 1:00 a.m. on November 28, 2009, the prison authorities called again and said that Mr. Lai had died. Mr. Lai's family and their own personal business manager rushed to the prison on November 29, 2009, a Saturday, and requested an autopsy. The prison administration refused to comply, saying, "No one works on weekends."

Mr. Lai's relative condemned the prison for illegally torturing him and for failing to notify his family of his condition sooner, which resulted in Mr. Lai's death in custody. The relative demanded that the prison compensate Mr. Lai's family 300,000 yuan. The prison administration answered that there was no one working on the weekend, but they managed to get Mr. Lai's son, Lai Jianfeng, to agree to not go through with the autopsy, and only paid his family 20,000 yuan. They cremated his body on Monday, November 30, 2009. On December 2, 2009.