Disabled 8 Years Ago, Bank Employee Sues Jiang Zemin for Economic Loss and Emotional Distress
(Minghui.org) A former employee of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) in Qian'an City, Hebei Province recently filed a criminal complaint against Jiang Zemin, former Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leader, for launching the persecution of Falun Gong that resulted in her permanent disability.
Ms. Wan Yonghong sustained irreversible spine and leg injuries in 2007 while trying to escape police detention from a fourth floor window. Eight years later, she still has two metal plates in her back and leg, and her left leg remains numb. She cannot squat down and has trouble maintaining her balance while walking.
For what crime was Ms. Wan arrested? Her refusal to give up her belief in Falun Gong. Ms. Wan is suing Jiang Zemin for economic loss and emotional distress associated with her disability.
Disabled as a Result of Persecution
Ms. Wan was arrested numerous times and her home was ransacked over the course of the persecution. The last arrest occurred on October 9, 2007 when she was taken away from her workplace by the Qian'an City police. She was shocked with electric batons for nearly three hours at the police station before she was sent to a brainwashing center.
In a desperate attempt to escape the brutality of the brainwashing center, Ms. Wan tried to climb out a window but fell from the fourth floor. The fall resulted in a comminuted fracture of her lower back and heels.
Ms. Wan was hospitalized for a total of 41 days and underwent two major operations – metal plates were inserted into her spine and right leg. With a plate in her spine, she can't bend forward.
Broken bones in her heels were also removed, leaving the uneven bone ends in her heels. Without complete heels, she feels excruciating pain whenever she stands or takes a step.
Ms. Wan was bedridden for more than six months and required constant care. She still has to use crutches most of the time. Even with the crutches, she often falls down and has to be helped up. Her left leg is almost numb now and she is very weak, making it difficult to keep her balance. She also cannot squat down.
Ms. Wan has spent more than 70,000 yuan on medical expenses but her company, ICBC, has so far refused to compensate her. In addition, under pressure from the local 610 Office, they also suspended her salary, pension and other fringe benefits. She estimates her economic losses alone at more than 500,000 yuan over the past 8 years.
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 in the past 16 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 organ, 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.