College Teacher Sentenced To 10 Years In Sichuan Province
Mr. Zhao Benyong, 38, known for his integrity at the workplace and holding a bachelor's degree, was a former Instructor from the Sichuan Aerospace Industrial College. Toward the end of 1994, Mr. Zhao became a Falun Gong practitioner.
In May 2000 he went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong. As a result, the college suspended his salary, paying him only 200 Yuan a month to cover basic expenses. The "610 Office" * in the city instructed the local police and his college to set up long term surveillance of him.
He wasn't free to travel, even during holidays. Mr. Zhao was forced to leave his home and went into hiding. The Aerospace Industrial College fired him after that.
On February 1, 2001, Mr. Zhao was arrested in the Chenghua District, Chengdu City. He was detained in the Pi County Detention Center for a year and a half.
In June 2003, after Zhao Benyong refused to give up Falun Gong, the officials from Chenghua District Court secretly sentenced him to 10 years in prison. He is now serving his sentence in Deyang Prison, Sichuan Province.
Sichuan Aerospace Industrial College Office Phones: 86-28-84809738; 86-28-84809520
College Security Officers: Zhang Chengyan and Ma Chun: 86-28-84809572; 86-28-84809610
Chenghua District Police Branch: 86-28-83261024
Chenghua District Court: 86-28-83254661