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Tortured prisoner awarded damages by Chinese court

AFP, BEIJING

A court in southern China has awarded 51,000 yuan (US$6,700) in damages to a prison inmate who was tortured by guards, leaving him with erectile dysfunction, state media reported yesterday.

The man, identified only by his surname Zhong, was jailed for three years in 2002 for impersonating a state employee, the Beijing News said.

In 2004 he ran afoul of prison staff in the city of Pingshi in Guangdong Province for altering a card detailing his prison work record, beating other prisoners and arguing with guards, the report said.

Guards decided to "educate" Zhong, torturing him one day in November 2004 with electric shocks to his hands, feet, back, armpits and neck, and ordering fellow inmates to participate in the abuse.

The ordeal left Zhong with erectile dysfunction, the paper said, citing an investigation by a provincial high court.

The court ordered the Pingshi prison to pay Zhong's past and future medical expenses stemming from the torture, totalling about 51,000 yuan.

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