采访/易如 田净 编辑/陈洁 后制/葛雷
Wang Zhiwen’s Photo Disclosed After
15 Years Illegal Imprisonment
Beijing Falun Gong practitioner Wang Zhiwen, former volunteer
contact person of the Falun Dafa Research Institute in China
who had been illegally held in prison for 15 years.
Currently his prison term has expired, after his release, he
was directly taken into a brainwashing center in
Changping District, Beijing.
His relatives secretly took a photo of him while
he came out of the prison.
Wang’s daughter Wang Xiaodan who residences in the US now,
couldn’t believe her father’s appearance in the photo.
Let’s take a look.
The photo shows that Wang Zhiwen with gray hair sitting on
a chair, his face looking tired and bruised.
Wang Xiaodan told New Tang Dynasty (NTD) Television that this
was the first time in seeing her father’s
appearance in 15 years.
Wang Xiaodan: My mother sent me this photo, he looks old,
He lost his most of his hair.
I carefully looked at the photo, he is very thin, the jacket
and trousers seemed to be too big on him.
He looks peaceful. But you can tell from his face that
he had been through much suffering.
I looked carefully at his fingers, his gesture and neck,
how could he become like this?
Wang Xiaodan reveals that when her father had been illegally
sentenced 15 years ago, she saw him on TV, she couldn’t
recognize him, but he stood very straight.
He was a healthy man back then.
Now when she saw him again in the photo,
she felt sad and shocked.
Wang Zhiwen was an engineer of
China Railway Materials Commercial Corp.
He was one of the individuals of Falun Gong who appealed on
April 25, 1999 and subsequently held dialogue with
former Premier Zhu Rongji.
In December 1999, he was secretly tried and sentenced to
16 years in prison, later his prison sentence
was reduced to 15 years.
According to the World Organization to Investigate the
Persecution of Falun Gong, Wang had been brutally tortured
in prison for a long time.
Because he refused to give up his faith in Falun Gong, he had
been handcuffed and shackled with a 28kg weight, then
was locked in a small cell.
Prison officers arranged two inmates to watch over him.
He had been deprived of sleep. As soon as his eyes closed, the
inmates started beating him to keep him awake.
Wang’s collarbone had been broken once.
Under officers’ orders and temptations of reducing prison
terms, the inmates also stepped on Wang’s fingers, then jammed
toothpicks under his 10 fingernails, causing him
to bleed profusely.
In the late September, Wang suffered a sudden stroke.
However, the regime hadn’t stopped torturing him.
According to Wang’s relatives in China, when Wang was released
on Oct. 18, his face seemed stiff, the mouth had dropped a
little, he felt dizzy and had difficulty to recall anything.
Under such circumstances, Wang had still been whisked off to
a brainwashing center in Changping District in Beijing.
Several days have passed, no one knows anything about Wang.
His daughter was very worried.
Wang Xiaodan: They took my father there, will they use all
means to force him to give up the practice of Falun Gong?
Or continue forcing him to change his mind on
renouncing Falun Gong?
This is what worries me most.
Because I know that my father will never give up, even though
he has encountered much torture, he still upholds his belief.
His health condition is very poor now,
I didn’t know about his stroke, how is he now?
I am worried it might take his life, I am very worried
about his safety.
According to uncompleted statistics, up until August,
520 Falun Gong practitioners had been persecuted
in Changping brainwashing center over 15 years.
211 of them can be identified with names.
More than two Falun Gong practitioners had been
tortured to death, with at least two caused
by psychological trauma.
Amongst them, Li Shulan was detained in a brainwashing center
in March 2003, four youngsters forced her to take six large
pills causing a mental collapse within 15 days.
Beijing lawyer Tang Jitian: These brainwashing centers are
established by the 610-Office, an extra above
the legal law organization.
Such places under the shielding of “law” including legal
education centers or bases, or legal training classes,
actually, are illegal.
Detainees in the brainwashing centers are deprived of freedom,
and neither have legal documents nor legal procedures.
So the brainwashing centers are more hidden when comparing
to police custody, detention centers and prisons.
It is currently China’s big tumor.
Tang Jitian says that the 4th plenary sessions of the 18th
National Congress emphasized the rule of law.
So the first thing to do would be to clear out all the
so-called the legal education centers
or brainwashing centers.
Otherwise, “the rule of law” cannot win people’s trust.
Interview/YiRu TianJin Edit/ChenJie Post-Production/GeLei