(Clearwisdom.net) Falun Dafa practitioner Mr. Zhang Xingcai from Panzhihua City, Sichuan Province, was illegally sentenced to seven and a half years of imprisonment. On September 8, 2006, Mr. Zhang was illegally arrested by officials. He was then sent to Wumaping Prison, where he was tortured to death on March, 31, 2007.

Mr. Zhang Xingcai, 59 years old, was a former official at the Land Office of the Renhe District Branch in Panzhihua City, Sichuan Province. Due to a health condition, he had retired from work. He lived in Changping Village, Yimin Township, Yanbian County, Sichuan Province. He regained his health after practicing Falun Dafa in 1995. After the persecution started, he went to Beijing's City Hall in April 2000 to peacefully appeal for Falun Dafa. As a result, he was detained twice and sent to a brainwashing center and persecuted.

In March 2004, Mr. Zhang was arrested by officers from the police station in Panzhihua City and detained at Yanbian County Detention Center. During that detention, he was tortured so seriously that he couldn't walk by himself. He was sent to the emergency room and kept in the hospital for some time. In October 2004, in order to attend his hearing at Yanbian County Court, he was carried on another prisoner's back. Even in this condition, the court still sentenced him to prison for seven and a half years. His family members later bailed him out for medical treatment.

On September 8, 2006, even though Mr. Zhang had not recovered completely, he was arrested again at his home by Li Faming and three other policemen from Hongge Police Substation and later sent to Wumaping Prison in Muchuan County, Sichuan Province. In November 2006, a member of his family went to the prison and requested his release. Another prisoner had to carry Mr. Zhang out, but the prison authorities refused his family member's request to set Mr. Zhang free.

On March 20, 2007, a prison administrator called Mr. Zhang's daughter and said that Mr. Zhang needed a woolen vest, shirts, trousers and shoes. At around 1:00 p.m. March 30, 2007, the prison authorities called his family again and said that Mr. Zhang was diagnosed with blood poisoning and some other diseases. That day his family hurried to catch a train, and between 1 and 2 the next afternoon (March 31), his family visited him at Quanwei County Hospital. He was on oxygen, but he was not conscious.

At 7 p.m. on March 31, the hospital notified his family that Zhang Xingcai had died. The death certificate indicated that he died from acute pancreatitis. His family was also asked if an autopsy was needed. The prison told his family that they had first sent Mr. Zhang to Qingxi Town Hospital, then transferred him to Quanwei County Hospital, and that they had invited a doctor from Huaxi Medical University to treat him.

Contact information:

Wumaping Prison of Muchuan County, Leshan, Sichuan Province, Zip code 614503
Head of the prison: 86-833-4652001, 86-833-4652002, 86-833-4652003
Hotline of the disciplinary inspection: 86-833-4652004
Division head of security inspections: Wu Tao
Fourth area in the prison: 86-833-4652041

The guards in the fourth area: Xuan Chong, Yu Chonghua, Zhang Zhong Others involved in persecuting Falun Gong practitioners: head of the education division Luo Jiangtao and head of the prison political division Yuan Dingxing