(Clearwisdom.net) On January 26, 2006, Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Yang Xiaojie from Shijiazhuang City, an outstanding young man, was deliberately murdered by the Fourth Prison of Hebei Province. For two years, his family members put forth much effort through appeals, sending letters, making phone calls and seeking the help of attorneys in order to obtain justice for him.
Yang Xiaojie before his death
Yang Xiaojie after he was tortured to death
Mr. Yang Xiaojie originally worked for the Northern Office of Chinese Youth Daily. He started practicing Falun Gong in 1996, after which both his body and mind improved greatly, and he once received a sizable reward from his employer. Because he persisted in practicing Falun Gong, he and his wife, Liu Runlin, were arrested together in the Kaida residential area of Shijiazhuang City, on the evening of September 28, 2001, and were brutally beaten. On September 9, 2002, the couple were both sentenced to 11-year prison terms by the judge of the Qiaoxiqu District Court, because they believed in Falun Gong and they clarified the facts. Yang Xiaojie was imprisoned in the Fourth Prison of Hebei Province. Ms. Liu Runling is currently imprisoned at the Women's Prison of Hebei Province.
When Mr. Yang first arrived at the Fourth Prison he was healthy. Prison guards strictly monitored him year after year. He was often locked in a confined cell and he was often tortured and generally mistreated. He was frequently beaten and verbally abused, and was deprived of sleep for long periods of time. The prison guards constantly pressured him in attempts to "transform" him. This caused him to become mentally despondent for a long period of time. The prison guards also instigated criminal inmates to frequently beat and torture him. All these things led to the deterioration of Mr. Yang's health. He suffered from sharp pains in his vertebrae for more than a year, was paralyzed and had to stay in bed for more than three months, and was extremely emaciated and weak. Yet the prison guards refused to let his family visit him, so as to conceal his terrible condition and purposely delay his treatment, thus causing him to miss treatment opportunities. The prison guards committed the crime of premeditated murder.
Mr. Yang Xiaojie's family tried to visit him for more than a year but were not allowed to see him. When they took some quilts to the prison for him, they learned by chance that he had been paralyzed in bed for a long time. The family members, with great effort, went to the higher authorities and strongly requested that Mr. Yang be released on bail for medical treatment. However, the Fourth Prison personnel still tried to cover up and postpone his release for another 12 days before they started processing the bail. He was finally released on bail for medical treatment on December 28, 2005. The related personnel of the Fourth Prison committed premeditated murder according to the Law and should take relevant legal responsibility.
Yang Xiaojie's family members recently hired a lawyer and filed administrative litigation, trying to obtain justice for him. The administrative department of the Fourth Prison in Hebei Province accepted the petition and said that they would pay great attention to this case and investigate it seriously. However, several days later they arrogantly claimed that their efforts to "transform" Falun Gong practitioners were like "spring breeze and drizzle" and it was impossible that Yang Xiaojie could have been beaten. They also said that someone was "slandering" them by claiming that they tortured Falun Gong practitioners to death and publishing it on the Minghui website (Chinese version of Clearwisdom.net). They pretentiously said that they would pursue litigation against the responsible person.
Yang Xiaojie with his daughter, Yang Wenjing
Yang Xiaojie with his wife, Liu Run Ling, and daughter
On January 22, 2008, Yang Xiaojie's family went to the Fourth Prison again. The administration section head, Yue Yuhai (a former deputy head of the education section), with an arbitrary attitude, denied in front of Yang Xiaojie's 70 year-old parents the fact that the guards had urged criminal inmates to beat Yang Xiaojie. Yue Yuhai told the older parents to prove that they were not allowed to see Yang Xiaojie for more than a year, and he completely denied the fact of the prison's "no transformation no visit" rule. He also said that Yang Xiaojie had cancer and that cancer does not result from beatings. He said that Yang Xiaojie's death had nothing to do with the prison.
The photo serves as evidence: Mr. Yang Xiaojie was skin and bones. He was so emaciated that since the spring of 2005, he looked deformed, and he only weighted several dozen pounds. Why didn't the prison doctor provide prompt treatment for him and why did the prison guards surreptitiously conceal his condition from his family members? After the prison guards murdered him, they threatened the lawyer by saying, "Don't be used by Falun Gong," in an attempt to force the lawyer to withdraw. The prison guards intentionally distorted the facts.
Yang Xiaojie's 70 year-old parents went to the Fourth Prison every visitation day, braving the severe cold weather and scorching summer heat, asking to see their son and inquiring about his physical condition. They even begged the guards to let them see their son just once, or even just let them listen to their son's voice once through the prison phone. However, the guards not only refused their requests, they even deceived the old couple by saying that Yang Xiaojie was well and ate well, even as Yang Xiaojie was skin and bones and paralyzed in bed. The prison guards now utterly deny the fact that they refused to let the old couple see their son for more than a year. The guards indeed behave like scoundrels!
We are asking the concerned government bureaus to hold guards Wang Guobin, Chen Xinguo, and Liu Ning of the Fourth Prison, along with the head of the prison, Xiao Feng, responsible and bring them to justice according to the law. They are the personnel directly responsible for the death of Yang Xiaojie.
February 7, 2008