(Minghui.org) A 62-year-old woman still imprisoned for her faith entrusted a newly released fellow inmate to file a criminal complaint against former Chinese dictator Jiang Zemin on her behalf.

Ms. Zhang Wei, a native of Jilin City, Jilin Province, was last arrested at home on December 24, 2013, for refusing to renounce Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline based on the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. She was sentenced to 7 years in prison in 2014 and ordered to serve time at Jilin Province Women’s Prison.

This is not the first time that Ms. Zhang has been targeted for her faith. Ever since Jiang launched the nationwide campaign against Falun Gong, Ms. Zhang has been subjected to numerous arrests and detentions.

Ms. Zhang’s latest imprisonment has been accompanied by various forms of abuse and torture at the hands of the prison guards. They inserted burning cigarettes in her nostrils and force-fed her spicy mustard oils. They also forced her to watch pornographic videos. She is currently suffering from a slipped disc and cannot walk by herself.

Ms. Zhang is suing Jiang for initiating the persecution of Falun Gong that resulted in her imprisonment and torture.


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 over the past 18 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 organization, 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.

According to a new policy that was to take effect on May 1, 2015, the Supreme People's Court in China claimed that it would guarantee the registration and processing of all complaints filed.