Falun Gong Practitioner Ms. Zhang Lishan from Hebei Normal University Sentenced to Five Years of Imprisonment
(Clearwisdom.net) Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Zhang Lishan, a teacher of Physics Insitute at Hebei Normal University has been detained for more than two years. Recently she was sentenced to five years of imprisonment. It is heard Ms. Zhang is appealing to a higher court now.
Ms. Zhang Lishan's husband, Mr. Zheng Hongjie, was an officer Hebei Province Party Committee Policy Research Office. On April 26, 2005, the couple were arrested when they were distributing Falun Gong truth clarification materials. The evil policemen from Gexin Street Police Station of Shijiazhuan City ransacked their home. A week later, the couple were fired by their work places.
Ms. Zhang Lishan has been detained at the Second Detention Center of Shijiazhuang City for two years and three months. During the detention time, Ms. Zhang suffered tremendous torture. She was forced to do slave labor, her hands were handcuffed on the wall, she was forced to wear heavy handcuffs and shackles. She could not sleep because of the pains,and she could not take care of herself. During the period, the evil officials tried to sentence her, but due to lack of evidence and her lawyer's argument, the evil schemes were not successful.
Mr. Zheng Hongjie was released after three months of detention. However, he was arrested again after five days. Later, he was released under guarantee and awaited trial. Their friends and family members have been trying to find lawyers for them.
On January 20, 2006, the Communist Xinhua District Court and Procuratorate secretly tried and sentenced the couple. Their friends and family members tried to hire some lawyers for them. However, one lawyer from Hebei Province said, "There is an oral message coming from the authorities that told us not to accept this case." Another lawyer said, "If I accept this case, my office will be involved in trouble".
Ms. Zhang Lishan has been detained at the Second Detention Center of Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province for two years and three months. Recently, she was sentenced five years of imprisonment. She refused to accept the sentence and is appealing for it. Zheng Hongjie was not charged at this time.