Critically Ill Man's Medical Parole Revoked, Family’s Complaints Go Unanswered
(Minghui.org) A Chongqing resident imprisoned for his faith has remained in critical condition since May 2016, but the local prison took him back two weeks after granting him medical parole.
Mr. Liu Daoquan’s family filed complaints against the prison management bureau, but the local courts have refused to hold a hearing on the matter.
Mr. Liu was arrested on April 9, 2013 and sentenced to 8 years in prison on October 16, 2014 for refusing to renounce Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline being persecuted by the Chinese communist regime.
While held at Yongchuan Prison, the 45-year-old man was repeatedly beaten and sustained severe injuries. The guards then revoked his visitation rights so as to prevent his family from seeing his wounds. He went on hunger strikes in protest, only to be force-fed each time.
The constant beatings and force-feeding soon took a toll on Mr. Liu’s health. He fell critically ill around May 2016 and was shuttled back and forth between hospitals and the prison many times.
Upon his family’s repeated requests, the prison granted him medical parole on June 24, 2016, but they took him back into custody on July 9, before he had a chance to recover. His family was notified days later that his condition had worsened, and that he was rushed to a hospital. They again requested medical parole, but were turned down.
Mr. Liu’s lawyer filed complaints against the prison management bureau with both Yongchuan Court and Yubei District Court.
Yongchuan Court officials held a meeting with the lawyer on October 14. Court president Han Jingyao and judge Lu Yong repeatedly demanded that the lawyer withdraw the complaint, but he declined. Han then verbally declined to hear the case and refused to issue a written notice when requested by the lawyer.
Yubei District Court called the lawyer a few weeks later, saying that they too would not hear the complaint case. The lawyer’s request to have a written notice issued was also turned down.
While Mr. Liu remains in custody, his family has been forced to cover his medical expenses, which have climbed over 200,000 yuan.