Lieutenant-Commander Wang Youjiang Suffers Ten Years of Imprisonment for His Belief

Name: Wang Youjiang
Gender: Male
Age: 40
Address: Hometown in Yongdeng County, Gansu Province before joining the army
Occupation: Lieutenant-Commander of Communication Army in Lanzhou Army Corp
Date of Most Recent Arrest: March 6th, 2001
Most Recent Place of Detention: Dashaping Prison in Lanzhou City
City: Lanzhou
Province: Gansu
Persecution Suffered: Sleep deprivation, forced labour, brainwashing, beatings, imprisonment, solitary confinement, torture, extortion, physical restraint, home ransacked, interrogation, detention

Fifth Ward Warden Xiao Bin said to Mr. Wang, "It has been ten years, and we don't treat you that bad. Now that your term is about to end, it would be better if you wrote the three statements to renounce practising Falun Gong." Mr. Wang absolutely refused. Xiao Bin became furious, and threatened Mr. Wang, "If you do not write them, you will be directly taken to the brainwashing centre." Mr. Wang answered, "Even if you take me to be beheaded, I will not write the three statements."

Brief Account of Mr. Wang's Case

Wang Youjiang was a major in the Military Regional Communications Unit in Lanzhou City. He began practising Falun Gong in 1998. After the persecution began on July 20th, 1999, he went to Beijing to appeal for justice for Falun Gong and was detained several times. In late December 2000, he went to appeal again but was arrested on the way to Beijing in the Zhongwei Train Station waiting room in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. Officials transferred Mr. Wang to the Taoshuping Detention Centre in Lanzhou City and held him for a week.

Someone reported Mr. Wang to the authorities on March 6th, 2001, and he was again arrested. The site producing Falun Gong leaflets exposing the persecution that he had maintained was destroyed. The police ransacked his quarters and destroyed property valued at more than 100,000 yuan1. This was the total settlement he had received from the military, which had been transferred to his civilian occupation.

While incarcerated in the Xiguoyuan Detention Centre, the guards beat Mr. Wang ruthlessly. He was compelled to work at forced labour for a long time and was deprived of sleep. By the time he was transferred to the Siergou Detention Centre, Mr. Wang's back was injured and he was unable to stand up.

On July 3rd, 2001, the Yuzhong Court sentenced Wang Youjiang to ten years in a covert trial. Mr. Wang was extremely weak from torture and from being on hunger strikes to protest his detention. He recovered somewhat in the Dashaping Prison Hospital, but when he got a little better he was sent back to the prison.

Wang Youjiang has been incarcerated for ten years. He is languishing in the Fifth Ward of Dashaping Prison in Lanzhou City. In August 2008, citing security for the Olympics as a pretext, prison officials once again grossly abused Falun Gong practitioners in prison. Mr. Wang was twice locked in a small isolation cell2, once for 15 days. In addition, he was forbidden to have family visits for six months.

Guo Jianzhong, Director of Lanzhou City Prison Management Bureau
General Office: 86-931-8881081
Appeal Office: 86-931-8872139
CCP Discipline Committee office: 86-931-8872121
Xiao Bin, Fifth Warden of Lanzhou City Prison: 86-931-3526150

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

2. The detainee is locked up in a very small isolation cell. The guards handcuff the practitioner's arms behind their back in a fixed position, in which the practitioners can neither move nor lie down. The small cell is very damp and no sunshine comes in. There are no toilet privileges and detainees have to urinate and defecate in the cell. Only half of a regular meal is served to detainees locked up in a small cell during the daytime. During the night rats run around. The stench in the small cell is so bad that it is difficult to breathe.

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