Chinese name:
Pharmacist/ Xianyang City No. 704 Factory
Date of Death:
Date of Most Recent Arrest:
Most recent place of detention:
Weinan Prison
Case Description:

( Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Gao Shouhai, 48, died on May 15, 2012 after he had been physically abused and tortured in Weinan Prison for nearly 4 years. The prison authorities have tightly blocked news of his death. Information about his death and details regarding the persecution he was subjected to are being investigated.

Mr. Gao Shouhai, former pharmacist at Xianyang City No. 704 Factory, was arrested on May 17, 2008. Participating in the arrest were Xianyang City Police Department 610 Office agents and officers from the Weicheng District Domestic Security Division. It has been reported that the police mobilized several vehicles and took away several printers, CD-burners, computers, a large sum of money and other personal belongings from Mr. Gao's home. Qindu District Court officials in Xianyang City illegally sentenced Mr. Gao to 8 years in prison on September 25, 2008. Mr. Gao was sent to Weinan Prison in December that same year.

Mr. Gao had been held in the New-Entry Team, also called Ward No. 11 in the prison, where a large number of Falun Gong practitioners are being held and persecuted. Over the past few years, team lead Zhang Zhongqiu instigated ruthless criminal Su Mingying, whose nickname is “the beast,” to severely physically abuse and torture Falun Gong practitioners.

The prison officials subsequently transferred some practitioners to other wards. Mr. Gao Shouhai and others who had been on a long-term hunger strike to protest the persecution remained in Ward No. 11, because prison officials planned to continue persecuting them. After the prison's Education Section head, Liu Gennian, was transferred and named political head of Ward No.11, he intensified the persecution of practitioners. At 11:00 p.m. on May 15, 2012, Mr. Gao died as a result of long-term torture and physical abuse.

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