Corrupt Police Officers in Chongqing Persecute Falun Gong Practitioners

Around 11:00 p.m. on December 30th, 2008, a Jiuchi Town resident in the Wanzhou District was burglarized. Jiuchi Town Security Office personnel Pan Ronghan, Zhou Shiyin, and Zhang Chengmao set off to catch the thief, as farmer Mu Lunhui, a Falun Gong practitioner, was passing by. Zhou Shiyin and Pan Ronghan knew Mr. Mu because they had persecuted him several times before. Seeing Mr. Mu, they dispensed with their quest to catch the thief and captured Mr. Mu instead, aware that they could get a financial bonus for arresting a Falun Gong practitioner.

Despite others' objections, Zhou and Pan took Mr. Mu to the Guanyinyan Police Station where Officers Tan Shiwen and Chen Gu concocted a false case against Mr. Mu. They held the practitioner at the Lijiahe Detention Centre for 15 days and refused to let his family visit him.

Security person Zhou Shiyin ran an illegal gambling establishment that attracted several important local officials. Using flattery and bribes he bought a title, Jiuchitang Town Resident Committee head. Since then he has thrown his weight around, bullying people, including snatching another's wife and divorcing his own. For small duties such as changing old identity cards for the people under his supervision, he charged fees, although his services were supposed to be free. Wanzhou District Police Department authorities think highly of him and put him in the Jiuchi Town Security Office, where he has aided head Pan Ronghan to persecute Falun Gong practitioners.

Pan Ronghan used to be the Jiuchi Town registrar but was demoted because of embezzlement and now works in the Security Office. In July 2003, after seeing Falun Gong leaflets exposing the persecution in the Jiuchichang Town, he casually arrested four practitioners, two brothers and their wives, and held them in Zhoujiaba Detention Centre for more than a year. While incarcerated there, the practitioners were tortured. To produce false evidence to substantiate his case, he tried buying witnesses for 50 yuan1 a person but was unsuccessful.

Note

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

Chinese version available at http://minghui.ca/mh/articles/2009/1/11/193317.htm

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