Practitioner Mr. Zhang Lei in Songyuan, Jilin Province is Seriously Ill, But the Police Refuse to Release Him

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On August 11th, 2006, branch head Wang Wen and other officers in the Changling County Security Branch of Songyuan, Jilin Province, arrested Falun Dafa practitioner Mr. Zhang Lei. Mr. Zhang was a driver for a factory in Jiti Victory Village, Changling County. The police detained him in Changlin County Detention Centre and tried to force him to write a guarantee statement promising to no longer practise Falun Gong. When he refused, they sentenced him to forced labour for one year. Mr. Zhang was examined and diagnosed with a serious illness, but Wang Wen didn't allow him to be released. He repeatedly attempted to send Mr. Zhang to a forced labour camp.

On October 31st, the police sent Mr. Zhang to Jiutai Yingmahe Forced Labour Camp in Jilin. The doctor there diagnosed Mr. Zhang with a serious heart condition and hepatitis and refused to accept him. But Wang Wen still didn't allow his release. Instead, he sent Zhang Lei to Changling County Detention Centre and extorted 1,000 yuan1 from his family.

On November 4th, Zhang Lei's family went to the detention centre to ask for his release. Mr. Zhang told his family that his illness was serious and asked Wang Wen to release him. But as soon as Wang Wen arrived at work the next morning, he handcuffed Zhang Lei behind his back, fettered him, and sent him to Jiangbei Centre Hospital in Songyuan City to be examined. He attempted to falsify Zhang Lei's health record so that he could continue persecuting him.

Mr. Zhang Lei is currently detained in the Changling County Detention Centre.


1. "Yuan" is the Chinese currency; 500 yuan is equal to the average monthly income of an urban worker in China.

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