Foxconn iPhone Suicide: Chinese Police Now Investigating Murder

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. This already messy story could be about to get much, much messier.

Reports say that 25-year-old Sun Danyong was subjected to brutal treatment—including torture—by Foxconn security after a shipment of prototype iPhones turned up at Apple's door one device short. A few days later, he plummeted 14 stories from his apartment, dying instantly—an event that was apparently caught on camera.

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, but to hear that Chinese official actually have footage of the incident and are still cautious to call it a suicide is strange, to say the least. Foxconn's alleged poor treatment of its workers, and by proxy, Apple's incredible demands for secrecy, are under tremendous scrutiny as—needless to say, if this turns out to be anything worse than what was first reported, it'll be huge. [Register]