Li Mengshu

Chinese Name: 黎孟书
Gender: Female
Age: 70
City: Chengdu City
Province: Sichuan
Date of Death: 2009-04-21
Date of Most Recent Arrest:
Most recent place of detention: Chengdu City Women Prison
Case Description:

Ms. Li Mengshu, 70, lived in Jiangcheng Town, Jianyang City, Sichuan Province. On March 15, 2007, she went to the Zhouchang area in Yangma Town to clarify the truth, and was reported and arrested by officers from the Yangma Town Police Station and Jianyang City Domestic Security Division (Yan Yiquan, Luo Jiao, Lu Hui, and Chen Ke). She was detained in the Jianyang City Detention Center. Her family went to request her release, but Domestic Security refused them. Her family demanded that they show legal documents, but the agents would not issue any. Instead, they told her family, "Go ahead and sue us!"

Ms. Li's husband could not take the stress. He got sick and died on April 22, 2007. Ms. Li was not allowed to say goodbye to him. On June 8, 2007, Ms. Li was sentenced to three and a half years in prison and sent secretly to the Sixth Ward of the Chengdu City Women Prison on July 26, 2007.

After the sentencing, Ms. Li's salary was withheld. The guards did not allow her to practice Falun Gong and brutally tortured her until her life was in danger several times. The prison administration saw that she could not take care of herself, and in fear of being held responsible for her death, ordered the Jianyang City Police Department to pick her up. However, the latter delayed doing so for three months. The prison had to take her home in January 2009. She died at 4:00 a.m. on April 21, 2009.