Three Practitioners Abused at Liaoning Women’s Prison for Not Renouncing Their Faith
(Minghui.org) Three practitioners were recently arrested and sent to Liaoning Women's Prison for their faith in Falun Gong.
Ms. Lin Jiangmei is serving 7 years, Ms. Zhang Weihua 5 years, and Ms. Xu Guixian 4 years at the prison, where they have been suffering from various forms of torture.
Sentenced to Seven Years for Suing Former Party Leader
Ms. Lin is a resident of Jianping County, Liaoning Province. In 2015, she filed a criminal complaint against former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin for launching the persecution and causing her years of suffering. She was arrested on November 11 that year and put in Huludao Detention Center.
The police ransacked her home and confiscated many of her personal belongings without her presence.
Ms. Lin’s hearing was held inside Huludao Detention Center on April 8, 2016. The authorities initially refused to allow her family to observe the hearing, claiming that the room was too small. After the family protested, only her husband was allowed in and a dozen other family members had to wait outside.
The defense attorney rebutted the allegations and prosecution's evidence against Ms. Lin and demanded her acquittal. The presiding judge from Jianping County Court sentenced her to seven years in prison and fined her 20,000 yuan.
Ms. Lin appealed, and the Chaoyang City Intermediate Court heard her case on June 28, 2016. The higher court upheld her original sentence.
Her family visited her at Liaoning Women's Prison on May 29, 2019 and noticed that she appeared very weak. She said that she recently suffered a great deal of physical and mental stress. She refused to disclose more details because their conversation was monitored by the prison guards.
Elderly Practitioner Suffers Hypothermia After Being Doused with Cold Water
Ms. Xu, in her 60s, is from Jinzhou City, Liaoning Province. She was arrested on July 19, 2018 and sentenced to four years in March 2019 for holding firm to her belief. The Linghe District Court ordered her to serve time at Liaoning Women’s Prison starting in April 2019.
The prison officials instigated the prisoners to physically abuse Ms. Xu. They didn't allow her to go to sleep and pried her eyelids open as soon as she closed her eyes. She was denied toilet use, and as a result she would not eat.
For six straight days in a winter month, she was stripped to her undergarments and had cold water poured on her until she was soaking wet. Ms. Xu went into hypothermia. She was revived after emergency rescue and the doctor told her that she would not make it if the torture continued.
After she returned from the hospital, the guards put her on a wet bed and covered her up with a bed sheet so that others couldn’t see her. The prisoners continued to physically and verbally abuse her.
Ms. Xu hasn't been given daily necessities since she was admitted to prison. An official warned other inmates not to offer her help or food.
Woman Serving Five Years Repeatedly Beaten
Ms. Zhang is from Anshan City, Liaoning Province. She was arrested on January 2, 2017 and later sentenced to five years in prison. She was taken to Liaoning Women’s Prison on December 5, 2017.
The guards took Ms. Zhang to a bathroom to abuse her almost every day in November 2018. They doused her with cold water and, in an attempt to freeze her, kept the window wide open. She was also viciously beaten every day. Her ankle sustained severe injuries, and the swelling didn’t subside until months later.
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