Mr. Xu Zhibin Is in Great Danger Due to the Torture He is Subjected to in the Wafangdian Prison
(Clearwisdom.net) Mr. Xu is a 44-year-old graduate of the Dalian University of Technology in Jinzhou District, Dalian City. In his 30s, he began to suffer from overall physical degeneration. Fortunately, in 1995 he started practicing Falun Dafa and quickly regained his health. Since the persecution began on July 20, 1999, he has been arrested seven times because of his firm belief in Falun Dafa. In March 2003, Xu was secretly sentenced to 14 years in jail and detained at the Wafangdian Prison, where he has suffered severe torture and abuse. He is currently in a very weakened state and has lost feeling in his feet. He is 180 cm (5'11") tall, yet he weighs only 40kg (88lbs.) . He is in a grave situation. Following are the details about his seven arrests .
On July 24, 1999, after Xu declared that he would continue his practice of Falun Dafa, officers from the Xianjin Police Station jailed him at the Jinzhou Detention Center and illegally searched his home.
On August 3, 1999, the government authorities shut down the Jinhaiwan Audio-Video Production Company in Dalian for reproducing Master Li's lecture tapes. Because Xu was a quality inspector there, police officers Yuan Hongguo and others from the Jinzhou District Police Brigade arrested him. At that time the Dalian TV Station and CCTV (China Central TV) spread rumors that Xu and Liu, the head of Jinhaiwan Audio-Video Production Company, earned profits in excess of ten thousand yuan. In fact, Xu never made a cent on the operation. Xu's family hired an attorney for his case. Less than a month later, their attorney informed them, "The Liaoning Province Legal Department has decreed that no attorney may handle Falun Gong related cases." On December 24, 1999, officers forced Xu's family to pay 10,000 yuan before releasing him. When Xu returned home, he was so weak that he couldn't even ride a bicycle.
The Third Arrest
On February 2000, with the excuse that Xu had attended a Falun Dafa experience sharing conference on February 9, 2000, police officer Hou and others from the Jinzhou District Police Branch arrested Xu and detained him at the Jinzhou District Detention Center. When he was released on September 29, 2000, his body was covered with scabies.
The Fourth Arrest
On January 6, 2001, police officer Yuan Hongguo asked Xu to come to the station to pick up his deposit, saying Xu should come alone. Xu's wife accompanied him to the Police Brigade. It turned out to be a ruse used by Yuan Hongguo to trick Xu into coming so they could arrest him. Officers forcibly took Xu's wife's keys and searched Xu's home, Xu's mother's home, and his mother-in-law's home, all the while carrying a camcorder with them.
At Xu's home, police took all materials related to Falun Dafa, including a small amount of truth-clarification materials. Police officers used torture while interrogating Xu's wife in order to discover the source of the materials, to no avail. The next day, they hung Xu's wife off her feet by her handcuffs and used chicken feathers on her ears and neck to torment her. That evening Xu's wife was released. It took four months for the handcuff marks on her wrists and hands to go away.
Xu was detained at the Jinzhou District Detention Center, and was secretly transferred to the Wafangdian Detention Center ten days later. At Wafangdian, when police officers interrogated Xu, they forced him to wear only a vest and shorts and sit on the concrete floor for more than two hours. This happened during the coldest part of the winter, and Xu was freezing and experiencing difficulty breathing. He was released on May 23, 2001. The persecutors were Sun Shixue and Wang Jian.
The Fifth Arrest
In April 2002, Police officers from Jinzhou Police Station commenced large-scale arrests of Falun Dafa practitioners. Flagrantly disregarding legal procedures, police officers from the Xianjin Police Station broke into Xu's home and conducted an illegal search. They had intended to arrest Xu, but he wasn't home. On April 27, officers from the Longwang Police Station in Jinzhou District arrested Xu while he was visiting a fellow practitioner. After Xu refused to inform on the practitioner, police officers tortured him using a method know as the "Hanging Water Basket." Officers hung Xu off the floor using handcuffs and ropes, and then they suspended two baskets of water (weighing around 35 kg or 80 pounds) from Xu's neck. The pain was excruciating. Xu later said he felt like his body was shattered. Police officers also beat Xu on his hands, face and head. Gao Mingxi, head of the local 610 Office, shouted, "Break his arms and legs. If he dies from the beating, we'll throw him in the West Sea and say he committed suicide."
The next day Xu was sent to the Jinzhou Detention Center. His face was twisted and unrecognizable due to the torture he had suffered. A police officer that knew Xu couldn't recognize him. Xu had lost the feeling in his hands and arms . The police officer said that nobody could endure such cruel torture for so long a time.
At the detention center, Xu went on a hunger strike. Two months later, he was released. Xu, who stood 180 cm tall, was left weighing only about 35 kg (80 pounds). He was so weak that he had to be carried home by a family member. Police officers took 2200 yuan in cash and a cell phone from him for no reason. His family asked for the money several times, but police officers used various excuses to skirt the issue. Officer Xu Jiake from the Longwang Police Station, Jinzhou District was one of the persecutors.
The Sixth Arrest
On September 12, 2002, several police officers led by Zhao Kan, the deputy head of the Guangming Police Station, broke into Xu's mother's home, arrested Xu and jailed him at the Jinzhou District Detention Center. Xu was wearing only a vest and shorts with no shoes. At the detention center, Xu was told that he was sentenced to three years in a forced labor camp, and he began a hunger strike. On September 18, when Xu was sent to the Dalian Forced Labor Camp, he didn't pass the physical examination, so the camp refused to take him. Zhao Kan brought Xu back and asked his family to take him home. When Xu's family members questioned Zhao, he replied, "If you don't like it, I'll arrest you too."
Xu's legs were covered with injuries because he had been dragged on the ground from the police station to the detention center.
The Seventh Arrest
On September 28, 2002, Xu was arrested at a truth-clarifying material production site in Malanzi by police officer Tang Shiwei from the Shahekou District Police Brigade in Dalian City.
On November 6, 2002, Xu's family received notice of Xu's arrest and learned that Xu was detained at the Dalian City Detention Center. The arrest notice carried no signatures of a procurator. In March 2003, after hearing that Xu had been sentenced to prison, Xu's mother and mother-in-law inquired with the Dalian City Procurator, the Shahe District Procurator and the court, but they all said they knew nothing about the issue. After asking the Shahekou Police Brigade, they learned that the Ganjinzi District Court had secretly sentenced Xu to 14 years in prison.
Apparently, the Ganjinzi Court sentenced Xu without any witnesses, evidence, or a confession, and never informed Xu's family about the decision. Xu's family talked with Hu Xiaoping, who is a chairwoman for the Fourth Court. The following is a record of their conversation.
Family Member (FM): Why didn't you inform his family?
Hu: Xu is an adult, so there's no need to inform his family.
FM: Xu was very weak physically.
Hu: We saw that in court, but it wasn't too bad. (It was later learned that Xu was carried into court on somebody's back.)
FM; Why was he sentenced to 14 years?
Hu: Regulations prevent us from disclosing the reasoning behind the sentence.
FM: We'll appeal!
Hu: Others appealed, but he didn't appeal. (It was later learned that Xu's appeal letter was suppressed by the Dalian City Detention Center.)
Since August 2003, Xu has been very weak. Law enforcement officers concealed the results of his physical examination and detained him in a unit specializing in jailing Falun Dafa practitioners at the Wafangdian Prison. The whole process is kept secretive to the public and the family. Xu's family only found out where Xu was after spending a year making inquiries. The family still hasn't received the court verdict yet, and doesn't know why the sentence is 14 years long.
On October 20, 2004, during a prison visit, Xu's family found that Xu was extremely weak. He was just skin and bones, and hardly able to walk by himself. He came to the visiting area supported by two people. Xu is still firmly practicing Falun Dafa. Prisoners detained with Xu said, "No one has endured more than him."
Since October 2004, Xu's family members have been appealing for a thorough medical check-up for Xu but have received no response. The prison has simply arranged for two people to watch him. Now Xu has lost the feeling in his feet, and his situation is getting worse. Xu's family would like to appeal to the good people of the world to take notice of his plight.
Relevant Phone Numbers:
Jinzhou District, Dalian City, Liaoning Province
Guangming Police Station, Jinzhou District: 86-411-7675244
Deputy head: Zhao Kan.
Jinzhou District Police Brigade: Sun Shixue, Wang Jain and others.
Xianjin Police Station, Jinzhou District: 86-411-7703317
Legal Section, Jinzhou District Police Department: 86-411-7837901
Section head Zhang is in charge of the forced labor camp issue.
Jinzhou District 610 Office: Gao Mingxi.
(All above are in zip code 116100):
Shahekou District Police Brigade (zip code 116021)
Tang Shiwei: 86-411-3794213, 86-411-3792451
Ganjinzi District Criminal Court: 86-411-6600626 (Ask for the extension of the fourth courtroom.)
Wafangdian Prison (zip code 116300)
Prison head, Chang Guoyao, 86-411-85676618, 86-411-85676688,
Liu Zengbin, 86-411-85676999, 86-411-85676818
Prison Management Director, Song Lujun, 86-411-85676630
Leader of Group1, Liu Weidong, 86-411-85676630
Leader of Group2, Li Xu, 86-411-85676630
Leader of Group3, Lu Chenglin, 86-411-85676630
April 14, 2005