(Minghui.org) An elderly couple from Yinan County, Shandong Province entrusted others to file a criminal complaint last fall against Jiang Zemin, the former Chinese dictator, for their daughter's death 13 years ago.
Their daughter, Ms. Liu Shufen, died in the hospital after four months of brutal torture at a detention center, at the age of 39. The lawsuit was sent to the Supreme People's Procuratorate via email.
After the persecution of Falun Gong began in 1999, Ms. Liu joined millions of practitioners to peacefully petition for justice for Falun Gong. She was arrested and taken to a brainwashing center.
She was arrested again at home on September 16, 2002. Police demanded that she give up Falun Gong and provide information about other practitioners, which she refused.
Guards tortured her at the Mengyin County Detention Center. She was brutally beaten with batons. She went on a hunger strike to protest the persecution. She was force-fed more than 10 times, injected with unknown drugs, and sexually abused. She lost consciousness a few times when tortured, but she never gave in to her persecutors.
Ms. Liu was transferred to a hospital and died on January 29, 2003. More information about her death is available at Killing One Practitioner, Mengyin County Officials Then Kill the Only Witness: Story of the Gruesome Deaths of Ms. Liu Shufen and Ms. Zhang Dezhen.
Ms. Liu was happily married and had one child. But her life went downhill after she came down with a severe gynecological illness and heart disease. She suffered so much that she almost lost the courage to live, until she learned Falun Gong in the spring of 1998. Her illnesses disappeared shortly after she began the practice. She was happy again and full of gratitude toward Falun Gong.
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.