Shenyang Practitioner Arrested, Tortured by Police
(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Li Hongwei, 53, was arrested and tortured for talking to people about Falun Gong on June 26, 2016.
On the evening of his arrest, Mr. Li was tortured by officers from Wusan Police Station in Hunnan District of Shenyang. The Hunnan District Court sentenced him to four and a half years in prison. He is currently incarcerated at Benxi Prison in Liaoning Province.
On the evening of June 26, 2016, when Mr. Li was posting Falun Gong materials in Hunnan District, Shenyang City, three motorcyclists reported him to Wusan Police Station. Officers promptly arrested Mr. Li and confiscated his cell phone, home keys and other personal belongings.
At about 6:00 pm that night, officers stripped him to his underwear and put him in a small iron cage.
Mr. Li shouted, “Falun Dafa is good! Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good!” The deputy superintendent of the police station bound Mr. Li's ankles to an iron chair, taped him to the back of the chair, and covered his nose and mouth with tape that made it difficult for him to breathe. He was not allowed to use the restroom from 8:00pm to late night, after 11:00pm.
On the following morning, officers handcuffed and shackled Mr. Li, still in only his underwear, and pushed him inside a police van. One officer kicked Mr. Li out when he found that it was the wrong van. Mr. Li fell to the ground head-first, causing a bump. His shackled arms and legs were scratched.
Officers transferred Mr. Li to another van and took him to his residential community. As he refused to tell them his address, they took him through one building after another. He shouted, “Falun Dafa is good! Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good!”
When they finished checking all the other buildings and reached the last one, the team commander ordered four officers to stay inside and watch Mr. Li while he went upstairs to figure out which apartment belonged to him. He took his home key and tried one door after another. When he finally located the right one, he called an officer to search every room.
The commander went downstairs and ordered several other officers to pull Mr. Li upstairs. They ransacked his home and took many of his personal belongings. They also removed a portrait of the founder of Falun Gong from the wall.
Mr. Li shouted, “Do not touch my Teacher's photo!”
They officers held him down, taped his mouth, and called over several men to beat and kick him. They stuffed the mattress filling from the restroom in his mouth. One whose nickname was “Tiger” beat him particularly hard until he became delirious. He was bleeding and stained the bed sheet.
Five officers and others removed his underwear, taped his legs and knees, forced him into a crouching position, and tied him up.
Officers used a bed sheet to wrap Mr. Li up, put him on a wooden board, and dragged him inside the elevator. When they reached the first floor, they pulled him out to the parking area, opened a van door, and threw him inside.
Upon arrival at the police station, they threw him to the ground, as if unloading a shipment. They dragged him inside the office. His skin was severely scratched as a result.
Mr. Li refused to respond when interrogated. The officers turned on an electric fan pointed directly at him.
When he shouted, “Falun Dafa is good! Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good!” officers taped over his mouth and nostrils and tied his body in a folded position. Mr. Li almost suffocated, and his face turned black and blue. One officer noticed and poked open a small crevice so he could breathe.
The officers went to sleep and left an assistant officer to monitor Mr. Li. He was not unwrapped until he asked to use the restroom. He could not walk and had to crawl to the restroom slowly.
At midnight, police officers prepared to take him to Hunnan Detention Center.
They first threw him onto a stretcher, carried him into a van, and took him to Shenyang No.242 Hospital for examination. Upon arrival, he was thrown onto a flat cart again.
After the examination, they took him to the detention center. The officers continually hurled vulgarities at Mr. Li on the way. At the detention center, they again threw him onto a stretcher. Two officers dragged one side of the stretcher while dragging Mr. Li's legs over the rough ground. The guard on duty refused to receive him.
The officers from Wusan Police Station told the guard on duty that Mr. Li was injured when he was transferred from one car to another. The jail guard on duty asked them to complete another examination at a military general hospital and bring back to him film evidence of a fracture.
The officers took him to the hospital for another examination. They were seen whispering to a doctor, who nodded.
Between 2:00 am and 3:00 am the following day, Mr. Li was taken to Hunnan Detention Center.
On the morning of August 3, 2016, Hunnan District Court tried Mr. Li. Two weeks later, the court sentenced him to prison and find him 10,000 yuan. Mr. Li was taken to Benxi Prison on October 10, 2016.
Contact information of responsible parties:
Wusan Police Station, Hunnan District Police Station, Shenyang CityOffice: +86-24-23813110Zhang Heng, superintendentZhou Xu, deputy superintendent in charge of Falun Gong cases
Domestic Security Division, Hunnan District, Shenyang CityZhang Zhenxing, director, +86-13940474843Yin Jian, deputy capitain, +86-13840177999Fu Xiaomin, +86-13700041607Xu Ying, +86-15940100630
Hunan District Court, Shenyang CityTel: +86-24-84829820, +86-24-24821636Cheng Qihua, presidentLiang Zhixin, presiding judge:Yu Kui, judge
Hunnan District Procuratorate:+86-24-84826632, +86-24-84826706
Hunnan District Detention Center, Shenyang CityTel: +86-24-23841512
Shenyang City 610 OfficeTel: +86-24-25842329, +86-24-23106009Ma Zhanliang, capitain, +86-24-23106006Dong, capitain, +86-24-23106002