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After Being Tortured in Prison for Eight Years, Mr. Ma Zhiwu Secretly Sentenced to Another Three and a Half Years

April 21, 2011 |   By a Clearwisdom correspondent from Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China

Name: Ma Zhiwu (马智武)
Gender: Male
Age: 41
Address: Unknown
Occupation: Employed by Yinchuan Railroad Sub-bureau
Date of Most Recent Arrest: September 12, 2010
Most Recent Place of Detention: Yanchi County Detention Center (盐池县看守所)
City: Yinchuan
Province: Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region
Persecution Suffered: Detention, forced labor, beatings, forced-feeding, illegal sentencing, sleep deprivation, torture, physical constraint, drug administration, denied visits, home ransacked
Key Persecutors: Qiao Encheng, Ningxia Region Police Department deputy director and 610 Office chair

(Clearwisdom.net) The Yanchi County Court in the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region secretly put Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Ma Zhiwu on trial on March 31, 2011. Mr. Ma was sentenced to three and a half years of imprisonment. He appealed the sentence.

Mr. Ma was employed at the Yinchuan Railroad Sub-bureau. He started practicing Falun Dafa in May 1998 and was sent to a forced labor camp to serve three years for appealing for the right to practice Falun Gong in Beijing in 1999. He was detained in the Yinchuan Detention Center in Ningxia after being arrested. During his time in the Baitugangzi Forced Labor Camp (also called the No. 1 Forced Labor Camp of Ningxia), he endured serious beatings, force-feeding, and other tortures.

Mr. Ma held a hunger strike to protest the persecution, which the authorities used as an excuse to imprison him for another six years. He was sent to Guanmahu Prison in Wuzhong on April 18, 2002, where he was tortured by inmates under the direction of wardens Liang Haiwang and Guo Jiwang. The torture included two weeks of sleep deprivation, “riding an airplane” (1) (in this case his hands were bent behind his back as he lay on the floor with his mouth stuffed), and verbal abuse.

Before his term ended, Mr. Ma was sentenced to six years of imprisonment at Guanmahu Prison in Wuzhong City, from 2002 to 2008. During his eight years of incarceration, Mr. Ma was beaten severely, and tortured by means of sleep deprivation for over a dozen days, “riding an airplane.


 Torture reenactment: Both hands tied up from behind, then hung 

Mr. Ma was also tortured on a death bed for more than 40 days, resulting in unbearable pain in his muscles and entire body. Moreover, the perpetrators force-fed him with a kind of paste mixed with unknown drugs, dirty water, flies, and flour. He experienced a burning sensation afterward, and lost the ability to walk or even stand. Other inmates had to move him around by carrying him if needed.

Torture reenactment: Death bed 

Mr. Ma's wife was pregnant when he was arrested the first time. She had to raise their daughter and support the family all by herself. Her requests to visit her husband were turned down by the prison, and the local 610 Office harassed her and ransacked her home many times. In order to force Ms. Ma to give up her belief in Falun Dafa, the Xihuayuan Police took away her two-year-old daughter on November 20, 2001. Due to the mental abuse and the pressure of the persecution, Mr. Ma's father passed away in 2001. His mother suffered severe mental torment as well.

Mr. Ma's daughter was eight years old when he was released in February 2008. On September 12, 2010, he was arrested by officers from Huamachi Police Station in Yanchi County, and the car he had borrowed from a friend was confiscated by the police. He was detained in the Yanchi Detention Center for six months, during which time his family was harassed by the provincial 610 Office, local police, and neighborhood committees.

Mr. Ma's family and the owner of the car visited the local police stations, Procuratorate, and court to request the release of Mr. Ma and the car, but were met with rejection and deception. A procurator untruthfully told the Ma family that Mr. Ma's case had been returned to the police due to insufficient evidence. However, Mr. Ma was at the time being secretly tried, and his family was totally unaware of this. He was secretly sentenced to three and a half years in prison.

Wang Man, Yinchuan City 610 Office chair: 86-13007975996 (Cell), 86-13629591138 (Cell)
Wang Shiyuan, Yinchuan City Domestic Security Division chief: 86-13895482753 (Cell), 86-951-6915120 (Office), 86-951-5071188 (Home)
Meng Xiaoyuan, Xihuayuan Police Station (Xixia District, Yinchuan) director: 86-13995107330 (Cell)
Gao Yufu, officer: 86-13809504848 (Cell)
Li Lan, Xixia District Domestic Security Division chief: 86-13895101352 (Cell)
Liu Zhongbin, Yanchi County Domestic Security chief: 86-13895157618 (Cell), 86-953-6020025/6020035
Mao Wanfeng, Yanchi County Huamachi Police Station director: 86-13519553588 (Cell)
Zhang Guangchun, Yanchi County Detention Center director: 86-13709557092 (Cell)
Guo Qin, Yanchi County Procuratorate Deputy procurator (in charge Mr. Ma Zhiwu's case): 86-13895434629 (Cell), 86-953-6012270 (Home)
Wang Jiancheng, Yanchi County People's Court head judge: 86-953-6012824 (in charge of Mr. Ma's case)
Ai Jingchun, Wuzhong City Middle Court Second Hall head judge: 86-953-2271368


(1) Standing with one’s back against the wall, one’s head dropped forward, and both hands pulled up from behind. See photo illustration on http://www.clearwisdom.net/emh/articles/2005/3/18/58552.html; See pencil illustration on http://www.clearwisdom.net/emh/articles/2004/6/10/49058.html

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