Chinese Name: 赵国吉
City: Bazhong City
Date of Death: 2008-10-18
Date of Most Recent Arrest:
Most recent place of detention: Leshan City No.5 Prison
Mr. Ma Guoji, 63, lived in the Fourth Door #301, Dongzhou Dasha Building, Xiaodongmen Community, Bazhou District, Bazhong City, Sichuan Province. On March 17, 2007, officers from the Domestic Security Division arrested Mr. Zhao and took him to the district detention center. Police took his computer, printer, and copier. He was interrogated off and on until August and then sentenced to five years in prison. He was taken to the Leshan City No.5 Prison in Sichuan Province on October 18, 2007.
During the time Mr. Zhao was being interrogated, doctors at the Bazhong City People's Hospital diagnosed him with a bone tumor and hypertension. He should have been released for hospitalization, but the Bazhou District Court still sentenced him to five years in prison. They told his family to apply for medical parole, but delayed submitting his file since March, even ordering his family to pay the physical examination fee of 10,000 yuan. They said Mr. Zhao was sick at home before being detained in March 2007.
As a result of the illegal detention and brutal mistreatment, Mr. Zhao Guoji could no longer walk, was emaciated, and could not take care of himself. In order to shirk responsibility, prison administration officials took him home on March 20, 2008. He died on October 18, 2008.
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