Mr. Zeng Shugang from Guangdong Province Sentenced to Five Years of Imprisonment
On February 26, 2008, a Falun Gong practitioner, Zeng Shugang from Jieyang City, Guangdong Province was sentenced to five years of imprisonment. Mr. Zeng Shugang has been widely praised for his upstanding character and kindheartedness. His steadfast belief and his relentless crusade to tell people the truth about Falun Gong was met with brutal persecution by the CCP regime.
Mr. Zeng Shugang, a resident of Jiedong County, Jieyang City, Guangdong Province, started to practice Falun Gong in 1997 when he was a manager in a factory in Chaozhou City, Guangdong Province. Later, the factory opened a subsidiary in the rural area of the city. None of the managers except Mr. Zeng Shugang wanted to move there due to the poor working conditions. He gave the one electric fan there to the employees, and he worked so hard that he had no time to have his lunch. The boss of the factory and employees said, "Shugang was a real treasure!"
However, after the CCP regime launched a campaign to "eradicate" Falun Gong in July 1999, Mr. Zeng Shugang went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong and related his own experiences to the government authorities, asserting that Falun Gong was being defamed by the media's false propaganda.
On January 20, 2000, Mr. Zeng Shugang was sentenced to two years of forced labor under the so-called crime of being involved in Falun Gong activities and organizing Falun Gong practitioners to go to Beijing to appeal to the government.
He was continuously harassed and his home was searched even after his release in 2002. He was also arrested by the police on the sensitive dates. He finally chose to leave home to avoid further persecution.
On October 17, 2007, the police from the Jieyang Police Department and Dongshan Police Sub-bureau and Zhang Youcai from Jieyang City's 610 Office ransacked the apartment rented by Mr. Zeng Shugang. One computer unit, one printer and one portable hard disk as well as six bound Falun Gong truth-clarification booklets were confiscated. Later Mr. Zeng Shugang was arrested and taken to Xima Police Station, and then transferred to Jieyang City's Detention Center.
On February 26, 2008, no testimony of any witnesses against him was presented during the trial in the Rongcheng District Courthouse and the hearing was over in just few minutes. However, the written judgment issued on March 24,2008 says that 114 flyers, 73 brochures and 11 video discs were found in his rent apartment, and several fabricated witness testimonies "proved" that Mr. Zeng Shugang produced Falun Gong truth-clarification materials, which was used to support the five year sentence.