Ten Elderly Practitioners Celebrating a Birthday Arrested, One Now Facing Trial
(Minghui.org) Ms. Fan Yinzhi, near 70, from Xichang City, Liangshan Prefecture, Sichuan Province, was arrested at her home. She was held in a detention center for more than four months. She has become very weak and is now facing trial.
Ms. Fan suffered from a herniated disc and high blood pressure before she began practicing Falun Dafa. She was bedridden and forced to retire at the age 40 because of poor health. After she began to cultivate in Falun Dafa, she became healthy and, besides doing all the household chores, she took care of her grandson.
Arrest and Detention
Ms. Fan celebrated her birthday with 10 practitioners at home on May 17, 2013. The police heard about it and monitored her home starting at 7:00 a.m. They began to arrest her visitors starting at 11:00 a.m.
Several dozen officers took part in the raid. Most of those arrested were in their 60s and 70s. Five of them were released later that day, but Ms. Fan, Ms. Cai Huijun, Ms. Huang Yufen, Ms. Tang Deqiong, Ms. Liu Zhuqiong, and Ms. Ning Guoqiong were taken to the Tuohuang Detention Center.
The Xichang City Domestic Security Division submitted documentation about Ms. Fan to the Procuratorate, which approved the arrest on June 7. The Procuratorate later returned the documents to the domestic security division for further investigation.
To come up with information on Ms. Fan, Xichang City Domestic Security Division deputy chief Sha Zongquan and two officers went to the Wujiaohua Company in Lianshanzou on June 21. They ordered four employees, who were arrested on May 17 at Ms. Fan's home and later released, to cooperate with them.
The officers threatened the practitioners and ordered them to identify Ms. Fan from several photos of elderly practitioners. Then they demanded that they sign some documents.
Ms. Fan's case is being handled in the criminal court, where she is facing a wrongful sentence.
Detention Center Extorts about 1,000 Yuan a Month from Family
Ms. Fan is being held in the Xichang City Detention Center in Xiaomiao Town. Because of the lack of decent food she is always hungry. The center extorts about 1,000 yuan monthly in "living expenses" for Ms. Fan, which might not be being used for her. Because of the mental stress and physical harassment, she has become extremely weak.
Another Practitioner Starved to Death
Three years ago practitioner Ms. Hu Yunhuai was held in the Tuohuang Detention Center and starved to death. Former warden Zhou Lian, who is now warden of the Xiaomiao Detention Center, and guards took away Ms. Hu’s dentures, so she couldn't chew her food.
Aggravated by torture, her condition worsened. She died in a hospital in Liangshan on October 18, 2010, due to severe malnutrition.
Parties involved in the persecution:
Xichang City Domestic Security Division: +86-834-2178110, +86-834-2178051
Sha Zongquan (沙宗全), deputy chief of the Xichang City Domestic Security Division: +86-13881548991
Xiong Guihua (熊贵华), chief procurator of the Xichang City Procuratorate: +86-834-6115177 (Office), +86-13608147581 (Cell)