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Sun Danyong was on TV just the day before he committed suicide after being harassed for losing a top secret iPhone prototype.  (Source: BBCNews)
Chinese government may be pursuing charges

The death of a young 25-year-old Chinese engineer shocked his friends and family.  The circumstances propelled the death into the international spotlight.   Sun Danyong, the deceased, worked at Foxconn and had been tasked with picking up the unreleased fourth generation iPhone prototypes, which will likely be released next year.  After he lost one his apartment was burglarized and he was reportedly beaten and then committed suicide.

Apple says it's awaiting results of an official investigation before it takes any action.  Its spokesperson, Steve Dowling, states, "We are saddened by the tragic loss of a young employee and we are awaiting the results of the investigation into his death.  We require that our suppliers treat all workers with dignity and respect."

Foxconn commented, "The company has noticed there has been much detailed discussion on the Internet and welcomes public discussion on how to help Foxconn's management where it is lacking.  We will scrutinize those places ... and strengthen our assistance to young employees."

Meanwhile the Hon Hai Group, the world’s largest contract-manufacturer of electronics and parent company of Foxconn, has suspended a security official at one of its subsidiaries who was involved in the harassment of Mr. Danyong.  The company would only reveal the surname of the individual -- "Gu" -- and say that it had handed over pertinent information to the Chinese authorities.

Officials at Foxconn, the world's biggest manufacturer of cell phones, claim that they did not order their employees to break any laws or to harass Mr. Danyong.  The incident is currently under investigation by Chinese authorities.





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