Beijing Practitioner Still Detained Despite His Precarious Health Condition
(Minghui.org) Just five months after his release from eight years of illegal imprisonment in May 2013, Mr. Wang Zicheng, a Falun Gong practitioner in Beijing, was arrested again along with his wife Zhang Aiping on October 29. He had developed a debilitating leg problem as a result of torture during his earlier incarceration, and the latest arrest worsened his condition.
The detention center informed Mr. Wang's family shortly after his arrest that he had lost feeling in his lower body and his arms, and that he could no longer walk by himself. He also became incontinent.
Mr. Wang's family filed multiple appeals to the detention center to get him released on medical parole, but their requests were denied.
Despite Mr. Wang's precarious condition, Pinggu District Court went ahead with a trial of him and his wife on June 26, 2014. Unable to walk, he was still shackled and handcuffed, and was literally dragged into the courtroom by four bailiffs.
Though the couple's two lawyers delivered convincing arguments in defense of their freedom of belief in Falun Gong, the judge refused to acquit them and adjourned the trial without issuing a verdict. At present, they are still being held in Pinggu Detention Center.
Family Beaten for Seeking Answers
Following Mr. Wang and his wife's most recent arrest, Beijing authorities deliberately kept their family in the dark regarding their detention details. Unable to obtain information about their loved ones through normal channels, four of the family members, including three women and one child, paid a visit to Zhang Daming, an officer of the Beijing Domestic Security Office, on January 3, 2014.
Instead of addressing the family's concerns, officer Zhang, along with his wife and his father, beat them up. Mr. Wang's family members all ended up with cuts and abrasions on their faces, and the three women had large chunks of their hair yanked out.
Years of Torture and Abuse Suffered by the Couple
From 2003 to 2013, Mr. Wang was detained for a total of eight years, during which he was tortured in various ways. In particular, the torture he suffered at Qianjin Prison in 2010 resulted in loss of mobility in his legs and other health problems. For details, see Torture in Beijing Prison Results in Loss of Mobility for Mr. Wang Zicheng
Mr. Wang's wife, Zhang Aiping, was sentenced to four years in 2003 and sustained physical and psychological injuries as well. After her release, she gradually recovered thanks to her Falun Gong practice. Unfortunately, she was arrested again along with her husband on October 29, 2013. For details, see Wang Zicheng and His Wife Arrested Again After Eight Years of Imprisonment
Wang Hui 王辉, Director of detention centerNiu Hechun 牛河村, Political Committee secretaryRen Bingwang 任丙旺, Director of Binhe Police StationWang Junchang 王军长, Vice-director of Binhe Police Station Wang Xin 王馨, Liu Xiaoxu 刘晓旭, Pre-trial brigadeCui Xiaoqin 崔小琴, Public ProsecutorWu Lin 武林, Court Presiding Judge