(Clearwisdom.net) Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Li Yaohua, a citizen of Hong Kong, and her daughter Zhang Yibo were arrested on June 4, 2009 in the Xuhui District of Shanghai. They have been detained for over ten months. On March 31, 2010, they were sentenced to jail in the Xuhui District Court. The presiding judge was Zhu Xiwei, and the prosecutor was Xu Zhenhui. Ms. Li Yaohua was sentenced to three and a half years in jail, and her daughter Zhang Yibo was sentenced to one and a half years in jail. While they were being sentenced, Ms. Li Yaohua was unable to stand up at the detention center due to the recurrence of an old illness. Ms. Zhang Qin, another practitioner who was arrested and detained at the same time, was sentenced to five years in jail.

Ms. Li Yaohua used to have multiple diseases, including scoliosis. After practicing Falun Gong, all the symptoms and pain disappeared. However, during her detention, the old problem reoccurred and became worse than before. It reached down to the ischium nerve and up her spine into her neck area. She would vomit after eating and had high blood pressure of up to 200. She also had chest pains. At the beginning of March this year, her condition worsened, and she was sent to the emergency room. Ms. Li's father, who is 91 years old, has asked to bail her out for medical treatment several times, but has not succeeded. Her son Zhang Yiyuan, who currently teaches at UCLA in the United States, has phoned the prosecutor Xu Zhenhui several times to inform him of his mother's medical condition. According to law, if her condition is confirmed to be severe by a doctor, she is to be allowed to be bailed out for medical parole. However, Xu Zhenhui said to him, "We are the ones who make the decisions, not the doctors." Ms. Li Yaohua's family also phoned the judge Zhu Xiwei many times and asked that she be released, but to no avail.

Related organizations and personnel:
Zhu Xiwei, judge, Xuhui District Court, 86-21-6439-1493
Xu Zhenhui, prosecutor, 86-21-6487-2222, ext. 2409
Li Guanliang, head of the Xuhui District Politics and Law Committee, 86-21-6487-2222 (operator)
Cui Tiejun, Xuhui District 610 Office head, 86-21-6487-5108 Ext. 6000
Xuhui District Domestic Security Division, 86-21-6486-8911 Ext. 37212, 37215, 37217
Wang Weixing, police of Xuhui District Domestic Security Division, 86-21-6486-8911 Ext. 37219
Yan Zhilin, police of Xuhui District Domestic Security Division, 86-21-6486-8911 Ext. 37214
Xu Tangzhang, head of Xuhui District Police Department, 86-21-6486-8911 Ext. 37148
Xuhui District Detention Center, Longwu Rd, Xuhui District, Shanghai: 86-21-6486-8911