(Minghui.org) A man in his 30s was secretly sentenced to four and a half years in prison for speaking out for his faith in Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.
Mr. Sun Zhiwen, of Yongji County, Jilin Province, was first arrested on February 4, 2020, for putting up posters with information about Falun Gong.
Although Mr. Sun was released that evening, he was arrested again on April 22 and held in the Xishan Detention Center in Yongji County. He was transferred to the Jilin City Detention Center in early May 2020.
When his family went to the Yongji County Court to ask about his case, they were told that the judge doesn’t inform the family members of Falun Gong practitioners about their hearings.
After the Mid-Autumn Festival in September 2020, Mr. Sun’s family went to the Jilin City Detention Center to deliver clothing to him, only to discover that he was no longer there. The guards refused to reveal where he was.
Suspecting that he had been sentenced, Mr. Sun’s parents, who also practice Falun Gong, went to every prison in the province to look for him.
Around the Chinese New Year in February 2021, Zhang Bo, the head of the Yongji County 610 Office, harassed Mr. Sun’s parents and said that if they signed statements to renounce Falun Gong, they would be allowed to see their son. Zhang told that Mr. Sun had been sentenced to four and a half years but refused to say where he was incarcerated.
Through further investigation, Mr. Sun’s parents later confirmed that he was indeed sentenced and was admitted to Gongzhuling Prison. But the authorities are still refusing to let them visit him.
Perpetrators’ contact information:
Wang Zhichun (王治春), head of Gongzhuling Prison: +86-18628769006Wang Renjian (王韧坚), prison instructor: +86-18628769335Shen Xudong (沈旭东), prison instructor: +86-18628769224Li Kai (李凯), prison guard: +86-18628769024Hao Kai (郝凯), prison guard: +86-18543477968