Name: Sun Li
Address: Xiongyue Town, Bayuquan District, Yingkou City, Liaoning Province
Occupation: Satellite installation
Date of Most Recent Arrest: September 23rd, 2009
Most Recent Place of Detention: The Yingkou Detention Centre
Persecution Suffered: Imprisonment, torture, home ransacked, detention
After police arrested Ms. Sun Li and her husband Mr. Bi Shijun, Ms. Sun was sentenced to a five-year prison term. After she was taken to the Liaoning Province Women's Prison, she went missing. Her husband was sentenced to seven years in Dalian Prison. There were five other practitioners who received sentences at the same time.
Police Break in and Arrest Ms. Sun and Her Husband
Wang Hongkui and other officers from the Bayuquan Domestic Security Brigade arrested Ms. Sun and her husband on September 23rd, 2009. The officers searched the house and took 8000 yuan1 cash from Ms. Sun. The arrest was ordered by the Liaoning Province Public Security Department. The officers confiscated the couple's computers, Falun Gong books, and personal belongings.
Several other Falun Gong practitioners were arrested on the same day. At 10:00 p.m. that day, officers from the Yingkou City Public Security Bureau and Bayuquan Domestic Security Brigade broke into Mr. Dong Bing's house in Bayuquan, Yingkou, and arrested Mr. Dong, his father, and younger brother Dong Xin (not a practitioner). The officers confiscated their computers, three printers, a copy machine, two DVD burners, electronics, hundreds of blank CDs, Falun Gong books, and 10,000 yuan in cash. Mr. Dong's brother and father were released a month later.
Ms. Yang Lijun was arrested that day, and released later because she had heart problems and high blood pressure. The authorities afterward harassed her many times and monitored her activities.
Mr. Shen Guanghai and his wife Ms. Teng Wenmin were arrested that evening. The police searched their house and confiscated their computer, printer, Falun Gong books, and gold jewellery.
Ms. Sun and other female practitioners were locked up in the Yingkou Detention Centre.
Sentenced to Imprisonment after Three Court Trials
On March 23rd, 2010, the Bayuquan Court tried the seven practitioners, including Ms. Sun, for the first time. The practitioners' family hired lawyers to defend them and pleaded not guilty.
The Court tried the practitioners for the second time at 9:00 a.m. on June 1st, 2010. The Court didn't notify their lawyers about the trial and hence no one defended the practitioners. The practitioners had to defend themselves. In court Ms. Yu Zhihong described how she was tortured by the police. Ms. Sun was very weak and she sat on a chair the whole time.
On July 28th, the Court tried the practitioners for the third time. This time neither the practitioners nor their lawyers were notified before the trial. Ms. Sun refused to appear in court because she saw that her family and lawyer were not there. The court officer beat her and tied her hands and legs to a pole. Mr. Dong and Mr. Bi were sentenced to seven years of imprisonment, Mr. Shen and Ms. Sun received a five-year prison term, Ms. Yu received three and half years of imprisonment, Mr. Wang Zhiyuan received one and half years, and Ms. Teng received three years imprisonment with five years probation. She was released on August 12th.
Appeals Denied by the Court, Ms. Sun Goes Missing in Prison
The seven practitioners decided to appeal to the Yingkou Intermediate Court. Their appeal was denied and their sentences upheld.
Mr. Bi, Mr. Dong and Mr. Shen were taken to Dalian and locked up in the Dalian City Prison (address: 300, Taogong Street). Mr. Wang was locked up in the Bayuquan Detention Centre. Ms. Sun and Ms. Yu were sent to the Liaoning Province Women's Prison. Ms. Sun refused to be put in a prison and refused to get out of the car. She was taken back to the Yingkou Detention Centre and put in handcuffs and shackles.
On December 20th, Ms. Sun's family went to the Liaoning Province Women's Prison to visit her. They were told that there was no such person. On December 23rd, when her family went to the Yingkou Detention Centre to ask her whereabouts, they were told that Ms. Sun was sent to the Liaoning Women's Prison. The family still does not know Ms. Sun's current whereabouts.
Ms. Yu's son Mr. Wang Zhiyuan is now locked up in the Bayuquan Detention Centre. Her husband Mr. Wang Shenlun's whereabouts remain unknown.
Yingkou City Detention Centre: 86-417-2831125
Bayuquan 610 Office: 86-417-6251746
Bayuquan Domestic Security Brigade: 86-417-6217505
Cao Ning (female, 29 years old): 86-417-6200221 (office), 13470418222 (mobile)
Zhang Jihua, chief procurator: 13904070998 (mobile), 86-417-6254100 (office), 86-417-6228606 (home)
Bayuquan Court: 86-417-6289108, 86-417-6269123
1. "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/2011/1/1/234382.html
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