Husband and Wife from Huai'an City, Jiangsu Province, Arrested and Imprisoned
(Clearwisdom.net) (Correspondent from Jiangsu Province) On the morning of September 25, 2009, Ms. Zhang Cuifang, a Falun Gong practitioner from Qingpu District, Huai'an City, Jiangsu Province, was told by Chief Hong Hua to come to the Zakou Police Station to have a talk with him. As soon as she arrived, Ms. Zhang was arrested and taken to the detention center of the Huai'an Police Department. Ms. Zhang was sentenced to one year of forced labor and sent to the Judong Women's Forced Labor Camp in Nanjing City.
Ms. Zhang, about 53 years old, was a resident of 53 Yongquanxiang Lane, Eastern Street, Huai'an City, Jiangsu Province. Her husband, Mr. Shen Xiang, is also a Falun Gong practitioner. He was convicted for clarifying the truth about Falun Gong in Mianhuazhuang Town, Huaiyin District, Huai'an City. In May 2009, he was sentenced to three years of imprisonment by the Huaiyin District Court and was sent to the Hongzehu Prison in Jiangsu Province on July 20.
Several days after Mr. Shen was sent to prison, officers from the Zakou Police Station and the National Security Division of the local police department began persecuting Ms. Zhang. This caused her so much anxiety that she felt compelled to leave her own home.
Officers from the Zakou Police Station and officials of the local residents' committee soon began telling Ms. Zhang's mother-in-law and daughter to contact Ms. Zhang and convince her to return home. The police and committee officials pretended to be concerned about Ms. Zhang's welfare and promised not to arrest her if she came home. Ms. Zhang's mother-in-law and daughter believed them and persuaded Ms. Zhang to come home.
On September 25, right after Ms. Zhang's arrival, Chief Hong told her to come to the Zakou Police Station. He promised Ms. Zhang's family that she would return within the hour and said that they could accompany her if they wished. Ms. Zhang's daughter went with her, but the police arrested Ms. Zhang as soon as she arrived at the station.
Some of the officers who participated in the arrest said that Ms. Zhang had been taken to the Judong Women's Forced Labor Camp in Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province. Chief Hong, however, told Ms. Zhang's mother and daughter that she had been sent to a "study class" (for brainwashing). He also asked Ms. Zhang's daughter to write a statement about her family's living conditions so that he could request leniency in her mother's case.
Ms. Zhang's mother-in-law and young daughter are alone now and must depend on each other for their survival.
People involved in Ms. Zhang's arrest:
Zhang Shinong, Chief, National Security Division, Qingpu District, Huai'an City
Hong Hua, Chief, Zakou Police Station, Qingpu District: 86-13861575656 (Cell)