Husband Given Prison Sentence; Wife Sent to Brainwashing Centre

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Falun Gong practitioner Jiang Zonglin was formerly the superintendent of the Mingyuan Architecture Design Institute, a part of the Chengdu City government. On August 2nd, 2007, he was arrested at home by police. Jiang's family never received any legal documentation and only heard much later that he was subjected to brainwashing. He was not allowed to sleep for sixty straight hours.

On September 27th and October 10th of 2008, Wuhou Court set a trial for Jiang Zonglin, Zhong Fangqiong and eight other practitioners. Defence lawyers retained by the family pointed out that no law defines Falun Gong as a cult or illegal organization. Jiang Zonglin did no harm to society and should be released. However, the court handed Jiang Zonglin a five-year sentence.

On Monday, December 8th, 2008, which is the petition reception day for the Sichuan Province government, Jiang's wife Xie Chengxin went to the government office to appeal for her husband. However, she was taken away and threatened by Fuqin Street 610 Office1 member Xie Shilong, policemen Wu Lirong and Jinqin community officer Ye Kaixing.

On December 12th, 2008, Xie Chengxin and Jiang Longyin were distributing leaflets exposing the persecution and telling people the facts about Falun Gong at Zhaojue Temple, and they were reported by a monk. Officers from the Qinglong Police Station then arrested them. In the afternoon, they notified the Fuqin Police Station and the Fuqin Street Committee to pick them up. Xie Shilong then sent these two practitioners to the Jingniu Law Education Centre for brainwashing. The family pointed out that this was illegal. Xie Shilong said, "You go ahead and accuse me!" He then shuffled the family to the Jingniu 610 Office.

The Director of the Jingniu Brainwashing Centre is Li, and two people that work there are Li Daquan from the Simaqiao Street Committee and Xia from the Hehuachi Street Committee. There is another person there named Li Lian. Two of them are retired receiving a salary from the brainwashing centre, and they get bonuses according to the number of Falun Gong practitioners being detained. In addition, they get an allowance when they sleep overnight at the brainwashing centre and get call-back pay for the weekend, which is 20 yuan2 per day.

After Falun Gong practitioners arrive here, they are isolated, and each person is monitored by two people. The people doing the monitoring are usually unemployed or retired hired by the centre. The room is 24 square metres. There are three beds, a long desk and a TV that broadcasts CCP propaganda around the clock at a high volume. The monitors are to report to the centre authorities if the practitioners try to appeal against the persecution of Falun Gong to them. They forbid the practitioners from reciting Falun Gong books, doing the Falun Gong exercises or talking to them about Falun Gong. The practitioners are forced to watch the propaganda programmes all day. At 8 p.m. every night, guards lock a practitioner and two monitoring people in the room and unlock the door at 7:30 a.m. The outside is monitored by three guards, and the yard is guarded by two large dogs.

Fuqin Street Committee staff: Xie Shilong 86-13183801139 (mobile)

Note

1. "The 610 office" is an agency specifically created to persecute Falun Gong, with absolute power over each level of administration in the Party and all other political and judiciary systems.

2. "Yuan" is the Chinese currency; 500 yuan is equal to the average monthly income of an urban worker in China.

Chinese version available at http://minghui.ca/mh/articles/2008/12/17/191739.html

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