(Minghui.org) Many Falun Gong practitioners are now exercising their legal right to sue Jiang Zemin for launching the persecution of Falun Gong and causing them great harm and tremendous suffering during the past 16 years. The momentum of this new wave of lawsuits against the former Chinese dictator is on the rise.
The Minghui website receives copies of criminal complaints against Jiang from many practitioners daily. In this report, we present a snapshot of some of the practitioners whose lawsuits were received by Minghui on June 30, 2015.
These lawsuits were mailed to the Supreme People's Court and Supreme People's Procuratorate, which are required to process all criminal complaints filed by citizens as of a recent ruling by the Supreme People's Court.
The five practitioners involved in the four lawsuits below are a judge and his wife, a law lecturer from a police college, an engineer, and a small business owner. Although they have vastly different backgrounds, they have all suffered persecution during the past 16 years.
One of the lawsuits was filed jointly by husband and wife. All of the practitioners had been arrested, detained, and/or tortured.
Mr. Wang Guiming's wife submitted the lawsuit on behalf of her husband and attached a letter he wrote while in prison 11 years ago. He died at the age of 38 from torture while detained in 2008.
During the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games thousands of practitioners were arrested and taken to detention centers and prisons, including two victims that are named in this article.
Mr. Zhang Minglang's Profession: Judge (retired)Hometown: Bazhong City, Sichuang ProvinceDate filed: End of June, 2015
Mr. Zhang was arrested and detained 5 times. His home was ransacked twice. He was tortured and interrogated for several days during his detention in June 2001. He was sentenced to 3 years in prison with four years of probation after his last arrest on April 18, 2006.
Ms. Li was arrested twice along with her husband. She was detained for 15 days and officers extorted money from her family both times.
The couple experienced long-term harassment and were continuously monitored.
Police and law officials threatened their children and demanded that they put pressure on the couple, in the hopes that they would renounce Falun Gong.
Profession: Law Lecturer at the Police CollegeHometown: Guangzhou City, Guangdong ProvinceDate filed: June 25, 2015
Ms. Zhao was arrested and detained twice for going to Beijing to appeal for the right to practice Falun Gong. She was fired from her workplace after the second arrest.
She was sentenced to 3 years of forced labor and served her term from March 11, 2001 to March 10, 2004. On the day of her release, she was immediately taken to a brainwashing center from which she was released in May 2014.
She was arrested during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Her home was ransacked and valuable personal belongings were confiscated. She was sentenced to 3 years of prison. During her entire term in the Guangdong Women's Prison, she was monitored around the clock.
Profession: EngineerHometown: Fuzhou City, Fujian ProvinceDate filed: End of June, 2015
Ms. Wang was detained three times for a short time. Her home was ransacked once. She was fired from her job.
She escaped from a brainwashing center and left her home for 2 years to avoid further persecution. Her husband divorced her due to pressure by officials. Her father tried to commit suicide out of despair over his daughter's misfortune.
Ms. Wang was sentenced to a 3-year prison term in November 2003. She was imprisoned in the Fujian Province Women's Prison and tortured. She was brutally beaten after being stripped naked, hung up for long periods of time, deprived of sleep, not allowed to use the restroom, brutally force-fed, and subjected to brainwashing.
Profession: Small Business OwnerHometown: Tonghua City, Jilin ProvinceDate filed: End of June, 2015 by his wife
Mr. Wang died as a result of torture at the age of 38 in a forced labor camp on February 29, 2008. He was arrested on February 13 and sentenced to 2 years of forced labor. He was taken to the labor camp two days before his death.
His body showed signs of torture. The authorities refused to allow his family to investigate his death. To further cover up his death, they arrested his wife and took her to a forced labor camp.
Mr. Wang was sentenced to 5 years in prison after his arrest on March 12, 2002. He was held in a detention center before being transferred to Jilin Prison. He was tortured with the tiger bench, shackled for a long time, brutally beaten, and force-fed.
In 1999, Jiang Zemin, as head of the Chinese Communist Party, overrode other Politburo standing committee members and launched the violent suppression of Falun Gong.
The persecution has led to the deaths of many Falun Gong practitioners over the past 16 years. More have been tortured for their belief and even killed for their organs. Jiang Zemin is directly responsible for the inception and continuation of the brutal persecution.
Under his personal direction, the Chinese Communist Party established an extralegal security organ, the 610 Office, on June 10, 1999. The organization overrides police forces and the judicial system in carrying out Jiang's directive regarding Falun Gong: to ruin their reputations, cut off their financial resources, and destroy them physically.
Chinese law allows for citizens to be plaintiffs in criminal cases, and many practitioners are now exercising that right to file criminal complaints against the former dictator.