(Minghui.org) “I don't remember how many electric batons the officers used to shock me simultaneously. With each shock, my heart palpitated, and my body had a sudden spasm. The pain was beyond words.”

Ms. Ge Xiuli once described one of the countless tortures she experienced during her two-year sentence at Shijiazhuang Forced Labor Camp for her spiritual belief in Falun Gong.

Ms. Ge, from Hebei Province, has been repeatedly arrested, detained, and imprisoned in the past 17 years for practicing Falun Gong. She suffered numerous tortures including savage beatings, shocks with electric batons, being hung up by her wrists for days, and force feeding.

Her latest arrest was in September 2013, after which she was sentenced to eight years in prison on April 18, 2014 for exposing the persecution of Falun Gong to the public. Although she appealed the sentence, a higher court upheld the sentence without a hearing.

As Ms. Ge is currently incarcerated at Shijiazhuang Women's Prison, her husband, Mr. Zhang Shusheng, filed a criminal complaint on her behalf with the Supreme People's Procuratorate in June 2015, suing the former leader of Chinese Communist Party Jiang Zemin for ordering the persecution of Falun Gong in 1999.

“The persecution has brought tremendous mental distress and financial pressure to our family. We live in fear all the time,” Mr. Zhang wrote in the complaint. “My daughter is still young, and she was deprived of her mother's care.

“With this lawsuit, I hope more people can become aware of the persecution and Jiang can be brought to justice soon for everything he has done.”

Background of the Lawsuits

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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