“The persecution also resulted in my elderly mom being sentenced to three years and she was held in the Jinan Prison with me....the guards forced her to watch them torture me. They used maternal love to torture and abuse a mother's heart in an attempt to get me to renounce my belief...When she heard my painful screams again and again while I was being tortured, listened to the heavy thud of the beatings, or looked at her daughter who lost consciousness time after time due from torture, all of these caused several mental breakdowns. They were like steel knives cutting her heart.”

This account from Ms. Bi Jianhong from Shandong Province was filed in a criminal complaint against the former leader of the Chinese Communist Party Jiang Zemin in June 2015. Jiang initiated the brutal persecution of Falun Gong in 1999, and resulted in Ms. Bi being sentenced to 12 years in prison and severely tortured.

Ms. Bi Jianhong

Ms. Bi was arrested in October 2006, for making Falun Gong informational materials. She was secretly sentenced to 12 years. She was taken to the Jinan Women's Prison in April 2007. Her family was not told where she was or what had happened to her.

Severely Beaten

Ms. Bi wrote in her complaint: “One early morning in August 2007, five to six inmates suddenly appeared and started beating me because I would not give up my belief. I lost sensation in my legs and couldn't control my bowels.

“I was taken to the hospital. When the doctor gave me electrotherapy, they deliberately put the lamp very close to my legs. My skin burned. The heat caused a large area of blisters. They tried to make me walk, but I couldn't as my legs didn't have any feeling. I fell heavily to the ground and the blisters split open. They pulled me up and then let me fall down again several times.

“A dozen inmates beat me again for not giving up my belief. I was beaten until I fell down. Inmate Zhu kicked me in the mouth and stepped on my head; inmate Xie struck my face with her shoe; inmate Song kicked me in the chest; inmate Duan pinched my neck; another inmate pinched my legs, I couldn't breathe. They bruised my legs and pulled my hair out. One inmate shouted during the beating, ‘Jiang Zemin has said that beating you people [Falun Gong practitioners] to death won't be blamed on us. It will be recorded as suicide. By beating you more, our sentence could be reduced and we can go home early.’

Dragged and Bruised

“I was tortured until I fell into serious condition. They wanted to take me to the hospital, but I refused to go. They had tried to extort 6,000 yuan for hospital fees from my family before. They then dragged me to a car. The skin on my back broke open, my left eye was bruised from the beatings, and I couldn't see clearly.

“The skin on my back became infected and blood and pus stuck to my clothes. Then inmate Liu Xinying pulled my clothes away from my body, and they slapped me hard on the back. The clothes stuck to my body again and then she pulled it away again, and swearing at me at the same time.

Suffering in the Freezing Cold

“In order to resist the persecution, I started a hunger strike. It was winter and the temperature had dropped to -10 degrees °C. I was forced to sit without a coat on a balcony with the window open. I was force fed, kicked, and beaten by the inmates.

“My whole body ached from the beatings. I could not turn when I slept. Sometimes I shouted 'Falun Dafa is good' when my ability to endure the awful pain reached the limit. The inmates then poured cold water over me. My body was trembling with cold.”

Ms. Bi had to get up at 5:30 a.m. and was then pulled onto the balcony to face the freezing cold. She was not allowed to go to bed until midnight. She became skin and bones. When her condition became critical, she was taken to the hospital.

When she improved, Ms. Bi was forced to stand all day and was not allowed to sleep. Her calves were severely swollen, to the point that they were bigger than her thighs.

“When they got tired from beating me, they stomped on my feet. The skin on my middle toe was broken and became infected. It started to fester. I still have a scar on my toe.”

Background of lawsuit

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.

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