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Respected Police Officer Thrown into Labor Camp

June 20, 2013 |   By a Minghui correspondent from Hebei Province, China

(Minghui.org) Mr. Zhang Xian, a much respected police officer in Langfang, Hebei Province, was thrown into a labor camp for practicing Falun Gong. His attorney filed a lawsuit against his persecutors in January 2013.

Mr. Zhang Xian is a forty-year-old police officer who graduated from Hebei Province Police Academy. He began to practice Falun Gong in July 1995 and has benefited greatly from the cultivation practice. He conducts himself according to Falun Gong's principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. In 1998, he won the title of “Best Household Registration Officer in Langfang City.” He also received a provincial-level award in early 1999.

Persecuted Since 1999

Since the persecution of Falun Gong was launched in 1999, Mr. Zhang has been standing firm on his belief and clarifying the truth of Falun Gong. He was forced into brainwashing sessions many times, extorted for large sums of money, and incarcerated in Shijiazhuang Labor Camp twice. His family has also suffered greatly from the persecution.

Forced to Leave Home after Unlawful Arrest

Mr. Zhang and eleven other practitioners including Wang Liling, Li Xuiqin, Li Liandi and his wife, and Wang Kuiyi, were illegally arrested on October 22, 2011. Several of the practitioners were extorted for thirty thousand yuan before they were released. Ms. Wang Liling resisted the extortion and was thrown into a labor camp for eighteen months. Mr. Zhang Xian managed to escape from a brainwashing session but had to leave his home to avoid further persecution.

Denied Due Process

Mr. Zhang was arrested again on July 5, 2012 and thrown into Xianghe County Detention Center. Mr. Zhang's family hired an attorney to defend him. However, the Xianhe County Police Department refused to deliver any legal documents to his family and wouldn't allow his attorney or Mr. Zhang's family to see him. Without notifying his family or his attorney, the police department imprisoned Mr. Zhang in Kaiping Labor Camp in Tanshan City.

Mr. Zhang's attorney has been trying to get him released by negotiating with the Xianghe County and Langfang City police departments, the Procuratorate and other offices, but he hasn't received any reply. The attorney filed a charge with the Hebei Provincial Procuratorate against the main persecutors, including Langfang police chief Ran Wenjie and Xianghe County police chief Yang Jianjun.

Mr. Zhang's mother became depressed and her health deteriorated after her son was imprisoned. Before she passed away, her final wish to see her son wasn't fulfilled.

Earlier report: “Police Official Mr. Zhang Xian Repeatedly Persecuted Over the Last Eleven Years for Practicing Falun Gong ”