Illegal Detention and Imprisonment

  • Cangxian Procuratorate Puts Five Practitioners on Trial

    In early March 2009, the Cangxian Procuratorate in Hebei Province put practitioners Mr. Pu Jinfeng, Ms. Zhao Junfeng, Mr. Zhang Kanzhong, Mr. Li Bin'an and Mr. Liu Rujun on trial. It was learned that there was an organization specifically set up for persecuting Falun Gong within the Cangzhou City Intermediate Court. It was stipulated that the County Court must report all cases to the city's Intermediate Court within three days. All the appeals lodged by the practitioners, who had been sentenced by the lower court, were all rejected by the city's Intermediate Court.
  • Hunan Province Practitioner Ms. Luo Hong Sentenced to Four Years in Prison

    During a trial on March 3rd, 2009, the Shigu District Court of Hengyang City, Hunan Province and the Hunan Province Court sentenced Ms. Luo Hong to four years in prison. Ms. Luo plans to appeal to a higher court. During the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the Hengyang City Domestic Security Section, the Hengyang City 610 Office, and the Renming Road Police Station arrested Ms. Luo Hong at her home for practising Falun Gong and possessing Falun Gong books. They searched her home, seized her computer, printer, printer paper, Falun Gong books, and other personal belongings, and also froze her bank accounts. Ms. Luo remains imprisoned at the Hengyang City No. 1 Detention Centre.
  • Ms. Cui Yuezhi and Mr. Wang Hongchao from Guan County Sentenced to Eight Years Imprisonment

    On July 26th, 2008, Falun Gong practitioners Ms. Cui Yuezhi and Mr. Wang Hongchao were arrested. On February 18th, 2009, Mr. Wang was brought to trial in the Guan County Court. Mr. Wang's family members had hired a lawyer and asked the lawyer to plead 'not-guilty.' Using current Chinese laws, the lawyer was able to prove that Mr. Wang was innocent. The defence had no response and had to wrap up the trial in a hurry. On March 4th, 2009, the court, with complete disregard for the law, sentenced both Mr. Wang and Ms. Cui to eight years of imprisonment.
  • Ms. Lin Lihua Taken to Court after Seven Months in Detention

    The Chinese Communist officials in the Chaoyang District forced the court to hold an open hearing on Ms. Lin Lihua. On February 19th, 2009, the Wenyuhe Court in the Chaoyang District in Beijing conducted a hearing on Ms. Lin Lihua. However, her family was not allowed to enter the courtroom and were told that all seating was taken. In fact, there were plenty of empty seats. Five police officers were in attendance. Before the hearing, Lin Lihua had been detained for over seven months.
  • Ms. Zhao Qiuying Arrested by Four Policemen

    On February 29th, 2009, 58-year-old Ms. Zhao Qiuying from Beijing was taken away from her own clothing booth by four policemen from the Dongsheng Police Station in the Haidian District. When the police arrived at the booth, they surrounded it, intending to take her away. Ms. Zhao did not cooperate with them, but they started a search and found two brochures that explained the facts about Falun Gong. Afterwards, they dragged her into a police vehicle. At around 4 p.m., the police vehicle arrived at Ms. Zhao's home. The police searched her home and took away a Falun Gong book, two brochures, and five or six CD's. That night, Ms. Zhao's family learned that she had been taken to the Qinghe Detention Centre.
  • Police Arrest Supermarket Owners Mr. Qi Wanchuan and His Wife, Ms. Liu Bing'e, and Steal Their Money

    Mr. Qi Wanchuan and Ms. Liu Bing'e, husband and wife, are practitioners in Kongjiazhuang, Wanquan County, Hebei Province. They were arrested at their supermarket by officers led by chief Li Fenglou from the Wanquan Police Department. Valuables from their home and the cash in the register, totalling more than 10,000 yuan, were stolen. The family was traumatized by the incident. Mr. Qi is currently detained in Wanquan County Jail. Ms. Liu is detained in Shisanli Jail in Zhangjiakou City. Ms. Liu is on a hunger strike to protest the persecution, and she is very weak.
  • The Arrest of Ms. Liang Yuzhen from Heshan City, Guangdong Province

    On February 25th, 2009, Ms. Liang Yuzhen was arrested by police officers from Heshan City. She was reported to the police while she distributed Falun Gong informational materials in the countryside. At 9:00 p.m., her home was ransacked. The police took Ms. Liang, whose hands were handcuffed behind her back, to her home. Only her 89-year-old grandmother was there. The police didn't show any search warrant but searched her home anyway, leaving her apartment in a mess. They also confiscated what cash she had at home and took some of the informational materials, as well as Falun Gong books, her brother's computer, and other items. The police didn't have any legal documents for her arrest, to search the home, or for her detention.
  • Ms. Zuo Lizhi Secretly Sentenced to Five Years of Imprisonment by Yi County Court in Liaoning Province

    Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Zuo Lizhi of Yi County in Liaoning Province was given a secret trial on October 10th, 2008 by the Yi County Court. During the hearing Zuo Lizhi talked about how she gained physical and mental benefits from practising Falun Gong. The lawyer also defended her on the grounds that she was innocent. However, the court still sentenced her to three years of imprisonment. She appealed the sentence and was subsequently given a five-year sentence.
  • Mr. Yang Ming from Sichuan Province Sentenced to Five Years of Imprisonment

    Mr. Yang Ming is 43 years old. After 10 months of detainment, the Police and Justice Department of Jiangyang District, Luzhou City, Sichuan Province started a secret trial. The detention period from the arrest to the sentencing was more than a year which exceeds the legal period. The Procuratorate of Jiangyang District charged him with the crime of being in an "evil cult." Jiangyang District Court did not uphold the law and dismiss the trumped up charges, but instead, secretly tried Yang Ming and sentenced him to five years of imprisonment.
  • Five-year-old Girl Tricked into Helping Police Persecute Her Parents in Chengdu, Sichuan Province

    The Longquanyi District Police Department had been looking for an excuse to arrest and persecute Mr. Li Changli. In December 2008, Mr. Li and his wife, Ms. Liu Lifen, were arrested and were sentenced to one and a half years of forced labour was detained in the Xishanping Forced Labour Camp and Ms. Liu was held in the Shimaping Women's Forced Labour Camp. On January 13th, 2009 police went to Mr. Li's home and asked his 5-year-old daughter a lot of personal, probing questions. The police later used the child's fingerprint "evidence" and her "testimonial" to sentence Mr. Li and his wife to forced labour without going to trial.
  • Mr. Tian Haicheng and Ms. Cui Yajing from Haicheng City, Liaoning Province, Arrested

    On February 24th, 2009, officers from the Niuzhuang Town Police Station in Haicheng City, Liaoning Province, took Mr. Tian Baocheng and Ms. Cui Yajing away from their homes. The excuse was that they had attended a gathering held by a Falun Gong practitioner. Mr. Tian Baocheng's younger brother, Mr. Tian Baodong, has been detained in forced labour camps twice because he practises Falun Gong. As a result of torture, he cannot walk or take care of himself. Previously, Ms. Cui Yajing had been sentenced to three years in prison because she distributed flyers about Falun Gong.
  • Ms. Zheng Huixiang Homeless for Eight Years, Police Repeatedly Arrest Her Family Members and Ransack Her House

    On March 4th, 2009, police went to the home of Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Zheng Huixiang and searched her house. In 2001 Ms. Zheng left her home to avoid persecution and was forced to move from place to place. It has been eight years since she became homeless. Police then took her husband Cai Peijun and her son Cai Yiming to the Xiguan Police Station. In the afternoon of March 5th, Cai Peijun was released but Cai Yiming was sent to a detention centre and was severely mistreated there.
  • Lawyers' Right to Defend Clients Denied by Huanggu District Court in Shenyang City

    On February 6th, 2009, Huanggu District Court in Shenyang City, Liaoning Province commenced a trial for six Falun Gong practitioners. The court obstructed entry to the courtroom by the ten defence lawyers by requesting a "security check." The lawyers refused to cooperate and left the courthouse. The trial went on without the lawyers and adjourned after only two hours. Wang Yajun from Beijing, one of the ten lawyers, explained the interference they encountered. "When we arrived at the courthouse, deputy court administrator Zhang and the presiding judge summoned us to the conference room, reiterating certain requirements. They told us higher echelons had directed that the accusations against any Falun Gong cases cannot be changed. We replied that we would do what was right according to the law."
  • Retired Teacher Ms. Wang Xiulan from Dalian City Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison

    Ms. Wang Xiulan from Jinzhou District, Dalian City was sentenced to seven years in prison by the Ganjingzi District Court in Dalian City. On the morning of April 5th, 2008, Ms. Wang was arrested by police officers for telling people the truth about Falun Gong. She was later taken to the Yaojia Detention Centre in Dalian City. While Ms. Wang was at the centre, police officers ransacked her home and confiscated some of her personal property, including a copy of the Falun Gong book, Zhuan Falun. The police did not inform Ms. Wang's family that they had arrested her, nor did they tell the family about her upcoming court trial. Everything that the officers did was carried out in secret.
  • Disabled Woman Sent to Jiangxi Province Forced Labour Camp

    Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Zhu Ruixia can't walk properly because half the sole of her right foot was cut off. After she had been detained for a month, it was even harder for her to walk, yet she was still sentenced to two years in a labour camp by the Balihu Public Security Sub-bureau. She is currently detained at Jiangxi Province Women's Forced Labour Camp. On November 7th, 2008, forcefully dragged practitioner Zhu Ruixia to a police van. Because so much force was used, Zhu Ruixia's thigh was injured when being caught at the door.