Torture in secret prisons: The dark side of China’s anti-corruption crackdown

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By James Griffiths

The gray, concrete building looms over the street in central Beijing.

Completely unmarked aside from a street number, its entrance is buttressed by barriers and fencing.
Inside lies an organization that strikes terror into the hearts of some of China’s most powerful people, and oversees a sprawling network of secret prisons where experts say torture and abuse are common.
The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) is the body tasked with investigating all 88 million members of the Chinese Communist Party for corruption.
A Chinese court in the northern city of Tianjin sentenced a former vice minister of public security to 15 years in prison for corruption, state media reported Tuesday, January 12. Li Dongsheng, 60, was charged with taking almost 22 million yuan ($3.3 million) in bribes from 2007 to 2013. He was a protégé of disgraced former domestic security czar Zhou Yongkang, who was <a href="http://cnn.com/2015/06/11/asia/china-zhou-yongkang-sentence/">sentenced to life in prison in June 2015</a> for corruption offenses.

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