Businessman Dies within Two Months of Incarceration at Shanghai's Tilanqiao Prison
Summary of Key Persecution Facts:
Name: Zhao Bin (赵斌)
Address: Room 102, Unit 2, 5882 East Beigong, Building 11, Kuiwen District, Weifang City, Shandong Province
Occupation : Businessman
Date of Death: October 19, 2013
Date of Most Recent Arrest: April 27, 2012
Most Recent Place of Detention: Tilanqiao Prison (提篮桥监狱)
Persecution Suffered : Illegal sentencing, imprisonment, detention
Mr. Zhao Bin, a Falun Gong practitioner from Shandong Province, died within two month of being illegally detained at Tilanqiao Prison, Shanghai, on October 19, 2013. He was 58 years old.
Mr. Zhao was born on May 20, 1955. He lived in the Kuiwen District, Weifang City, Shandong Province.
At the time of his arrest, Zhao Bin was doing business with Mr. Pang Guangwen, also a practitioner, in Sanzhao Town, Nanhui District, Shanghai.
Arrested and Sentenced to Prison
Mr. Zhao and Mr. Pang were arrested by officers from the Jiangsu Road Police Station, Changning District, Shanghai at 9:30 p.m. on April 27, 2012, while at work. They were taken to the Changning District Detention Center.
They were tried at the Changning District Court on July 11, 2013. Mr. Zhao and Mr. Pang pleaded not guilty to any illegal activity. However, in a sham trial, Mr. Zhao was sentenced to a four-year prison term and Mr. Pang to a five-year term.
Mr. Zhao's term started on April 27, 2012. He was taken to Tilanqiao Prison, Shanghai on September 3, 2013. He died on October 19, 2013.
Tilanqiao Prison: “City of Death”
According to reports published on Minghui, Tilanqiao Prison is called the “City of Death,” because Falun Gong practitioners are tortured there, and a number of practitioners have died as a result. Torture methods include long-term sleep deprivation and beatings with multiple electronic batons. The prison guards order other inmates to brutally beat practitioners.
Mr. Pang in Critical Condition
Mr. Pang Guangwen, born in Guangrao County, Dongying City, Shandong Province, in October 1977, was known to be an excellent student at Shandong Province University. However, because he practiced Falun Gong, he didn't receive his graduation certificate.
Mr. Pang was sentenced to a five-year term, which started April 27, 2012. His release date is April 26, 2017. He was taken to the Tilanqiao Prison on September 3, 2013. His family received a call from a person surnamed Huang, a director in the prison, on October 2, 2013, telling them that Mr. Pang had been transferred to the Shanghai Prison General Hospital, because he couldn't retain any food and was in critical condition.
Individuals involved in the persecution and torture of practitioners at Tianlanqiao Prison:
Hou Ruiqin (female), deputy director of Education Division, Shanghai Prison Administration Bureau, and a director of the Shanghai 610 Office at the Shanghai Prison Administration Bureau. She is responsible for the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in that area. Phone: +86-13524716991 (cell); Shanghai Tilanqiao Prison, operator: +86-21- 55589900, extension 1000.
Xu Haihong (female), Education Division of Shanghai Tilanqiao Prison. She is the main instigator in the persecution of practitioners in Tilanqiao Prison. She is also the representative from the Shanghai 610 Office at the prison. Her extensions are 1609, 3939, 1610.
Yin Guanghui, deputy director of Tilanqiao Prison. He is in charge of the persecution of practitioners. Address: No. 6 Ward, Shanghai Tilanqiao Prison: 147 Changyang Road, Shanghai, zip code: 200082.
Dai Weidong, director of the prison and deputy director of the Shanghai Prison Administration Bureau: +86-13701851126 (Cell), extension 6666, direct land line: +86-21-65848922