Chinese Police Take Over iPhone Suicide Investigation, Foxconn Security Official Suspended

Foxconn has suspended a security official, and turned over its probe into a worker’s recent alleged suicide to police, who are currently investigating the possibility of murder. Reports say that 25-year-old Sun Danyong was subjected to brutal treatment—including beatings—by Foxconn security after a shipment of prototype iPhones turned up at Apple’s door one device short.

The murder investigation and treatment of the case as an “apparent suicide” is probably just a formality, since the circumstances of the case—which, if they’ve been accurately represented—haven’t changed, meaning that it’s Foxconn’s poor treatment of its workers, and by proxy, Apple’s incredible demands for secrecy, that are in question here. [Register]