A security guard watches screens in a monitor and control room at a holding center for corrupt officials in Ziyang city, southwest China's Sichuan province, 10 December 2015.
Padded cells to prevent suicide and soft spoons that cannot be made into weapons await officials suspected of corruption in one holding center in southwestern China, in unusual images of China's graft fight carried by a state-run newspaper this week. While dozens of senior officials have been felled and hundreds more junior ones punished, some aspects of the purge have remained shrouded in mystery, including the site where suspects are held once become subjects of an investigation. In Ziyang in Sichuan province, suspects can expect relative luxury in a low-rise building surrounded by greenery, according to pictures published by the West China Metropolitan Daily that have since gone viral on other Chinese news sites. The structure has played host to 11 suspects so far, including senior provincial officials suspected of bribery, the newspaper added. A menu is written up on a chalkboard every day, but no fish is served lest the suspects choke to death on fish bones, sharp bones are removed from poultry and no chopsticks are allowed, in case they are used as weapons, the paper said. "Walls are padded to prevent suicide," it added, referring to the problem of officials who kill themselves rather than face the shame of a corruption probe.