Chinese Name: 吴元
City: Shenyang City
Occupation: teacher/Beilu Middle School in Lingyuan City
Date of Death: 2003-12-10
Date of Most Recent Arrest:
Most recent place of detention: Dabei Prison of Shenyang City
Wu Yuan was a 44-year-old Falun Gong practitioner. He worked as a math teacher at the Beilu Middle School in Lingyuan City, Liaoning Province.
In the summer of 2002, Wu Yuan taught his graduating class to follow the principles of "Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance," which are the guiding principles of Falun Gong. On the afternoon of August 14, 2002, the head of the Public Security Bureau and the "610 Office,"* Fu Yanling, brought a group of policemen, along with Wu Baosi, the head of the Beilu Police Station, and a Mr. Ju (both of whom have presently been transferred elsewhere) to Mr. Wu's home. They arrested Mr. Wu and unlawfully sent him to Lingyuan Detention Center.
On September 26, 2002, Wu Yuan was illegally sentenced to four years in Dabei Prison at Chenyang.
On December 8, 2003, Mr. Wu's son, Wu Gaoliang, received an unsigned letter from the 11th Confine Section of Chenyang Dabei Secondary Prison, stating that his father had esophageal cancer and was to be released back to his family. On the morning of December 10, Wu Yuan's wife arrived at the hospital ward in Chenyang Prison and saw her husband's emaciated figure rolled up on a hospital bed.
At 6 p.m. that day, Mr. Wu's wife received a message from the prison stating that her husband had died.
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