A man starved to death in police custody in Beijing, state media reported Oct. 13, the latest of a series of deaths in detention which has triggered a public drive for reform of China's penal system. A man detained for selling fake receipts died Sept. 17 in Beijing after being held at a district detention center. The diagnosis said his "heartbeat suddenly stopped… 49 days without eating caused his death," the China Daily said. Police said he refused to eat. China launched an investigation in April into deaths in detention centers, which are controlled by police and are used to hold suspects for an indefinite period before trials begin. (Reuters)

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