New York Practitioner Escapes Persecution in China, Sues Former Dictator Jiang Zemin
(Minghui.org) Mr. Wang Youqun, a former writer for Wei Jianxing (former secretary of the Central Party Committee for Disciplinary Inspection), recently filed a complaint with the Supreme People's Procuratorate in China against former dictator Jiang Zemin, who initiated the violent persecution of Falun Gong.
For practicing Falun Gong, Mr. Wang lost his personal freedom for five years and seven months. He had no work for more than 13 years and six months. His family suffered terribly.
After joining the peaceful appeal with 10,000 other practitioners on April 25, 1999, Mr. Wang wrote an article on May 7, 1999, titled, "Falun Dafa Has a Hundred Benefits for Our Country and Harms No One." He mailed the article to every member of the Chinese Communist Party's Central Committee on May 8, 1999.
Jiang Zemin officially launched the suppression of Falun Gong on July 20, 1999. Soon afterward, Mr. Wang was put under house arrest for over four months. He was not allowed to leave his home at all for three months. Police later allowed him to take short walks along a designated path for a half hour each day. He was expelled from the Communist Party shortly afterward and lost his job.
Mr. Wang was arrested and taken to the Xicheng District Detention Center in Beijing on July 11, 2008, then transferred to the Beijing City First Detention Center on August 17. On February 10, 2009, he was sent back to Xicheng District Detention Center.
Mr. Wang’s hearing was deliberately arranged by the Xicheng District Court on October 7, 2009, a holiday, so no one attended his trial. He was sentenced to five years in prison.
The Beijing City First Intermediary Court rejected Mr. Wang’s appeal on November 26, 2009. However, throughout the entire appeals process, Mr. Wang did not even see the presiding judge, Jia Lianchun. Mr. Wang was sent to Qianjin Prison in Beijing on December 17, 2009.
Mr. Wang suspects that his imprisonment was retaliation for the complaint he wrote to Hu Jintao (then-president of China and chairman of the Central Military Commission) while he was being held in the Beijing City First Detention Center in November 2008.
In his letter, he asked Hu to order the arrest of Zhou Yongkang, former security chief and Jiang's chief accomplice in the suppression of Falun Gong. [Editor's note: Zhou was sentenced to life imprisonment for unrelated reasons in June this year]. He also requested that Zhou compensate him in the amount of ten million yuan for his financial losses and emotional suffering.
Mr. Wang arrived in New York on January 22, 2015. He mailed his legal complaint against Jiang on June 25, 2015.
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 in 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.