Zhao Jiyuan is from Shenyang City, Liaoning Province. Because of his persistent practice of Falun Gong, he was arrested on February 27th, 2001. Later, he was sentenced to seven years in prison by the local court and sent to the Shenyang Second Prison.
At the prison, Zhao Jiyuan suffered beatings, was forced to wear torture instruments, was locked in a small cell, and was shocked with electric batons. Mr. Zhao has been continuously imprisoned and persecuted by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for nearly six years.
Cultivating Dafa and Benefiting Society: A New World Opens
Mr. Zhao Jiyuan, 54 years old, was a worker at the Component Processing Factory at Shenyang City's No. 4 Architectural Engineering Company. Zhao Jiyuan started practising Falun Gong in December 1998. Earlier, in July 1998, he was diagnosed as suffering from late stage stomach cancer, and was unable to go to work. He began to throw up every day, until he eventually could not eat anything. He even vomited the water that he drank. His weight dropped to 80 kg.
One day in December, Zhao Jiyuan listened to a cassette of Teacher Li Hongzhi's lecture [the founder of Falun Dafa]. After listening, a miracle happened: He recovered from his illness and was able to eat. On the next day, he could clean up the court and go to work. Zhao Jiyuan, who had a fatal disease, had become a healthy person overnight. Since then, he became a Dafa practitioner. When he met people, he delightedly exclaimed, "Dafa saved my life!" His family and co-workers witnessed the miracle of Dafa.
Zhao Jiyuan, who followed the principles of "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance," was selected as a distinguished worker by the Dadong Police Department for two consecutive years. Mr. Zhao's family lived in a dirty part of town. He cleaned up the rubbish and public toilet every day. The people who passed by could hardly recognise the place as it had undergone a dramatic change. After Zhao Jiyuan was arrested, the place became dirty again. When the police station sent someone to do an investigation, his neighbour said, "A good person has been arrested; nobody else will clean up the rubbish." The neighbours all requested Mr. Zhao's release.
Arrested Because of Spreading the Truth, Sentenced to Seven Years by a Corrupt Judge
After the persecution of Dafa began on July 20th, 1999, Zhao Jiyuan went to Beijing twice to appeal for justice for Falun Gong. However, he was arrested. In December 1999 he was sent to the Longshan Labour Camp of Shenyang City, where the authorities tried to force him to renounce his belief. In June 2000, he was released and sent back home.
On February 27th, 2001, several Dafa practitioners were arrested because of speaking out for justice. Shortly after, Zhao Jiyuan was also caught.
At first, the Shenyang Court sentenced Zhao Jiyuan to five years. The judge asked Mr. Zhao, "Appeal or not?" Zhao replied, "Appeal." Unexpectedly, the judge said, "If it's appeal, add two more years." Just like this, Zhao Jiyuan was sentenced to seven years by the corrupt "law executor," and was imprisoned in the Shenyang City Second Prison.
Painful Suffering, Ongoing Persecution at Shenyang Second Prison
At first, Zhao Jiyuan was detained in the 12th Ward of the prison. In October 2003, Shenyang Second Prison moved, and the 12 Ward was renamed the 20 Ward. Li Jianguo is the chief of police responsible for persecuting Falun Gong practitioners. Meng Qinggang is the deputy chief.
From August 24th until September 21st of 2002, Mr. Zhao Jiyuan was shut in the guard chamber. He had to wear handcuffs for ten days and foot shackles for seven days. He was also beaten by the criminal inmates. The guard chamber was less than four square metres and had no sunlight at all. Zhao Jiyuan was forced to sleep on the floor and eat meals with his hands. Each meal consisted of one steamed corn bun, a bucket of corn flour gruel, and several salted pickles. He was not allowed to brush his teeth, wash his face and hands, have a bath, or change his clothes. He had to stretch out both of his legs continuously for 16 hours on the ground. If he did not obey, he would be cursed and beaten by the prison guards and criminals, shocked with electric batons, and hung up with steel cables and tortured.
At two o'clock in the afternoon of June 16th, 2006, Zhao Jiyuan was locked in the strict monitoring cell. At less than 2.5 metres square, it is a damp, gloomy room. Mr. Zhao was forced to wear a thick jacket in the summer. The police instigated three criminal inmates to hold Zhao Jiyuan down and force him to put on prison clothes. Mr. Zhao refused to cooperate, as he was not a criminal and did not feel he should wear a prison uniform. The police shocked his right knee with an electric baton. When they tried to shock his left knee, the baton reversed its discharge; the police officer cried out in pain upon being shocked, dropped the baton, and ran away. Zhao Jiyuan was detained in the small cell for a week this time.
During this period, the wicked party sent someone to the prison for an official "visit and inspection" five times. Zhao Jiyuan shouted, "Falun Dafa is good," each time. The visitor lingered at the entrance but nobody asked about the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in the prison.
In July 2006, Zhao Jiyuan and other Falun Gong practitioners went on a hunger strike to protest their persecution. Then he was transferred to the First Ward and detained there. No family members were allowed to visit.
Because the prison strictly blocks off the flow of news, there is no further information on Zhao Jiyuan's persecution at the moment. It is only known that on one "visiting day," the guards talked about Zhao Jiyuan, saying, "...this person was hung for 15 days without uttering a single word." Obviously, he frequently suffered from this torture.
Zhao Jiyuan has been detained by the wicked party for six years. His wife has to make a living and look after the family members alone. Although Zhao Jiyuan's son graduated from university and has a job, as his father was imprisoned, he could not get married.
Address: Shenyang Second Prison, 7 Yuxin Street, Yuhong District, Shenyang City, Liaoning Province; zip code: 110145
Shenyang Prison Region phone switch: 86-24-89296556, 86-24-89296438
Shenyang Second Prison: 86-24-89296560
20th Ward head: 86-24-89296553
20th Ward Division Head, Li Jianguo (the 20 Ward that specifically persecuted Falun Gong was dissolved in September 2006)
Shenyang Second Prison: persons in charge and phone numbers (four digital ones are extension numbers that need transfer, eight digital ones can be dialled directly)
Han Tianbao, Political Head: 86-24-89296516
Wang Bin, Jail Head: 86-24-89296501, 2305
Shu Shi, Jail Head: 86-24-89296503, 2205
Fu Chengyi, Jail Head: 86-24-89296502, 2307
Chinese version available at http://minghui.org/mh/articles/2006/12/28/145635.html
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