The Pre-Sentence Experiences of a Female Engineer in Chengdu City, Sichuan Province
(Clearwisdom.net) Ms. Zhang Yanrong, 41, was employed by the Chengdu Airplane Industry Group as a general craft shop engineer. For practicing Falun Gong, Ms. Zhang was sentenced to nine years imprisonment in February 2003.
In the evening of September 29, 2002 Zhang Yanrong was abducted and sent to Pi County Detention Center by the police of the Jinniu branch of Chengdu Police Department. The police did not inform her family members. The week that her case was brought to court, she was subjected to various tortures. She was not allowed to sleep, and several dozen policemen took turns interrogating her, constantly shining glaring lights in her face. She was handcuffed very tightly, and the handcuffs cut deep into her flesh.
The police did not allow her to close her eyes, they even clamored, "We will beat you till your brain stops working."
Zhang Yanrong had suffered from a stroke, and was partially paralyzed prior to practicing Falun Gong. After beginning to practice, her health was gradually restored. She became a very dedicated practitioner. Under the torture, however, she was coerced into accepting evidence that was fabricated by police.
The policy issued by the Ministry of Public Security entitled "Process and Procedures for Handling Administrative Cases by Public Security Agencies" strictly prohibits extortion of confessions by torture, or collection of evidence using coercive or threatening means. The evidence obtained by such illegal methods is not valid.
This policy took effect on January 1, 2004 but the Chengdu Jin Niuqu Court completely ignored this fact. It used this fake confession, obtained by torture, to decide its verdict. (See also the March 14, 2004 Clearwisdom.net article: Ms. Zhang Yanrong, an Engineer, Is Sentenced to Nine Years of Imprisonment for Practicing Falun Gong, at http://www.clearwisdom.net/emh/articles/2004/4/9/46876.html).