Li Zhengling Blinded and in Precarious Health in Deyang Prison
(Clearwisdom.net) Mr. Li Zhengling is 43 years old and lives in Gulin County, Sichuan Province. He completed service in the Yanyuan Armed Police Force in 1983 and worked in a pharmaceutical company. Later, he lost his job and opened a drug store between Taiping Town in Sichuan Province and Xishui County, Guizhou Province.
Mr. Li Zhengling is a kind, honest man. On the morning of October 26, 1999, he was arrested by police officers from the Xingmin District Police Station in Xishui County and the Taiping Town Police Station in Gulin County when he was attending Falun Gong group exercises at Taiping Bridge. He was then illegally detained at the Xishui County Prison.
Police officers from the Xishui County Police Department, the Xingmin District Police Station, and the Taiping Town Police Station in Gulin County tried to extort 8,000 yuan from Mr. Li Zhengling's family in order to release him, but Mr. Li's wife didn't have the money. Three days later, the police officers took Mr. Li Zhengling to the Tucheng Township and sentenced him to three years in a forced labor camp without any following legal procedures. Mr. Li was imprisoned in the Qingzhen Forced Labor Camp, where he suffered persecution. Later they extended his term by two more months.
Mr. Li Zhengling was released in December 2002. He got involved in the coal business at Taiping Town. On December 28, 2004, six police officers from the Gulin County Police Department, led by head of the Criminal Police Team Zou Qiang, ransacked Mr. Li Zhengling's home and took him to the Gulin County Detention Center.
In July 2005, detention center officials notified Mr. Li Zhengling's family that he was in critical condition. When his family members came to the detention center, they saw that Mr. Li Zhengling's entire body was swollen. He had injuries on his face and mouth. He was unable to urinate on his own and was using a catheter. He could not recognize people, yet the prison told his family members that since he was getting better, they could not release him.
On August 8, 2005, Communist Party officials sentenced Mr. Li Zhengling to five years in prison and sent him to the Deyang Prison in Sichuan Province.
In October 2007, when Mr. Li Zhengling's family went to Deyang Prison to visit him, they saw that he was disfigured and emaciated, and he was blind. He could not take care of himself. When his family members requested to have him released on medical grounds, a prison warden replied,"He has not been 'transformed', so he cannot be released."