The Persecution of Mr. Yan Hequan and Mr. Shi Wenshui in Laishui County, Hebei Province
Yan Hequan Illegally Sentenced to 11 Years of Imprisonment
Mr. Yan Hequan, 45, is a practitioner in Beilongquan, Shiting Town, Laishui County, Boading City, Hebei Province. He worked in a factory that manufactures engineering models. For refusing to give up Falun Dafa, on August 27, 2002, he was forcibly arrested by a group of policemen headed by Zhang Jianhua, the police chief of Yi County, and as a result, Mr. Yan was imprisoned in a detention center. His family members went to visit him via motorcycle, which was worth about 6,300 yuan. The policemen confiscated the motorcycle and falsely claimed that the motorcycle was recently used in a criminal case.
In the detention center, the evildoers attempted to extort a confession from Mr. Yan by means of torture. He was handcuffed and forced to sit on a tiger bench for a long period of time. In the fall of 2002, he was unlawfully sentenced to an 11-year imprisonment term by the court in Yi County. Currently, he is being detained in the 6th prison district of Baoding City's First Prison. Mr. Yan's wife, Ms. Zhang Lihua, has been regularly harassed by the police from the local precinct, the public security bureau, and 610 Office personnel. Because of their financial hardship, their eldest daughter, 17, was forced to drop out school and get a job away from their home. Their younger daughter still attends junior high, but faces a lot of pressure as a result of the persecution.
Practitioner Shi Wenshui from Zugezhuang Village, Wangcun Township, Sentenced to 9 Years of Imprisonment
Mr. Shi Wenshui, 44, is a resident of Zugezhuang village, Wangcun township in Laishui County, and is an employee of the Train Inspection Department of Shilou, which belongs to the Beijing Railroad Sub-bureau. Many times, he was recognized as the model employee of the year and as a technical expert. On September 11, 2001, he was arrested simply because he believes in Falun Gong. The arrest happened while he was at his workplace and was perpetrated by employees from Baoding City's organized team and Yi County's public security bureau, who were specifically targeting Falun Gong practitioners. Currently, he's still detained in Yi County's detention center, where he has been shackled, handcuffed, and has been forced to sit on a tiger bench, while undergoing all kinds of severe torture.
The vicious Captain Ma along with his guards invaded Mr. Shi's house and stole personal belongings that have a net value of almost 10,000 yuan, such as a motorcycle, a color TV, and a VCD player. Mr. Shi was also unfairly discharged from his workplace and they only paid him a meager severance pay. In 2002, Mr. Shi was unlawfully sentenced to 9 years of imprisonment. As a result of his imprisonment, his family now faces financial difficulty. His son who is only 16 was forced to drop out of school and has worked unsteady, sporadic jobs. Mr. Shi's wife still works, but also has to support her mother-in-law.