Business Owner Near Death in Prison, Father Denied Visit
(Minghui.org) Mr. Liu Daoquan, a Chongqing business owner, is in critical condition as a result of abuse and mistreatment in prison.
His father pleaded to see his son, but the prison officials rejected his request. The personnel from the 610 Office threatened: “You will never see your son.” Mr. Liu is detained at the Yongchuan Prison.
Sent to Hospital in Critical Condition
Mr. Liu was sent to the Yongchuan Affiliated Hospital of Chongqing Medical University due to his critical situation. Mr. Liu's family visited him but he was unable to speak. They were allowed to visit for only a few minutes. Mr. Liu's wife asked to be with her husband but was denied.
Mr. Liu was sent to the intensive care unit for an emergency rescue due to kidney failure and a lung infection on June 3, 2016. He is in critical condition.
Hunger Strike to Protest the Mistreatment in Prison
Mr. Liu was sentenced to eight years in prison on October 16, 2014, for distributing information exposing the persecution of Falun Gong.
Mr. Liu refused to denounce his practice of Falun Gong in prison, and he began hunger strikes several times to protest the brutal treatment. His health has thus deteriorated. The prison officials allowed only his brother to visit him once, on May 21, 2016.
Mr. Liu's father and brother were notified about a meeting with prison officials on May 25, 2016. They were told Mr. Liu had been on a hunger strike since April 1, 2016, but they were not informed of the numerous times he was force-fed.
Father Denied Visit, Threatened by 610 Office
Mr. Liu's father, brother, and wife went to the hospital in Yongchuan City on May 26, 2016, to visit. The prison officials only allowed his brother and wife to see Mr. Liu.
Mr. Liu, however, was unable to recognize his family. He was in bed and locked up in handcuffs and shackles. Mr. Liu's wife, Zhan Hongjuan, questioned the prison guards, “How could you still treat him like this when he is in this condition?” The guards said it was an order from higher ups. They threatened her and said she should not speak about it any more. Otherwise, they said, she would have to bear legal responsibility.
Mr. Liu was transferred back to the prison on the afternoon of May 27, 2016.
The two attorneys hired by Mr. Liu's father went to the Yongchun Prison on May 28, 2016. They requested the prison officials to meet with Mr. Liu. The prison officials agreed to the meeting on May 31, 2016.
However, the prison officials refused to let the two attorneys meet with Mr. Liu as agreed earlier. On the same day, the 610 Office staff threatened Mr. Liu's father. “If you do not write the three statements and cooperate with us for a video recording,” they said, “you will never see your son.” Mr. Liu's father rejected their demand.
His father then filed a criminal complaint against former Chinese dictator Jiang Zemin for suppressing Falun Gong so as to seek justice for his son. Mr. Liu Daoquan was illegally sentenced to eight years in prison for his faith.