Man seeks 2m yuan for il­le­gal de­ten­tion

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By CHINA DAILY

Although the cen­tral govern­ment has banned the il­le­gal de­ten­tion of pe­ti­tion­ers in Bei­jing, a man from An­hui province said in court on Wed­nes­day that he was nev­er­the­less il­le­gally de­tained and tor­tured for 63 days.

Wang Wei­long said he was “ar­rested” at Bei­jing South Rail­way Sta­tion on Sept 22, 2012, af­ter he talked with the Supreme Peo­ple’s Court and sent to a “black jail” — a place used to de­tain peo­ple il­le­gally — in the cap­i­tal’s vil­lage of Wanggezhuang.

“They be­gan to hit me af­ter my fam­ily posted in­for­ma­tion on­line,” Wang told the Bei­jing News. “They beat me very hard with leather belts, fists and feet.”

Wang was trans­ferred 29 days later to another black jail in He­bei province. While there, Wang was buried in snow and burned with a hot iron. Wang was re­leased af­ter 34 days there.

The trial took place in Bei­jing’s Dax­ing district on Wed­nes­day. A de­fen­dant sur­named Xing and two oth­ers who are on the run were ac­cused of il­le­gally de­tain­ing pe­ti­tion­ers from Septem­ber to Oc­to­ber 2012.

The prose­cu­tion sug­gested the court hand down light pun­ish­ments be­cause Xing was a mi­nor in 2012 and has con­fessed his guilt.

The prose­cu­tion sug­gested a sen­tence of a year to 18 months in prison.

Xing was quoted by Bei­jing News as say­ing that he was hired to watch pe­ti­tion­ers for about 2,000 yuan month.

Xing also said he used to beat and burn pe­ti­tion­ers with a hot iron.

“But I just fol­lowed oth­ers’ or­ders,” Xing said. “If I didn’t beat them, some­one else would have beaten me.”

Xing said if they didn’t have too many pe­ti­tion­ers in cus­tody, he would guard them him­self. Two of his col­leagues, Zhang Wei and Pang Taifeng, would help him if there were too many in cus­tody, he said. Zhang and Pang also helped to “es­cort” some pe­ti­tion­ers to other sites.

Wang asked for more than 2 mil­lion yuan in com­pen­sa­tion from Xing’s fam­ily. Another pe­ti­tioner, Luo Zhen­liang, asked for 200,000 yuan at the same trial.

($325) a

Xing’s fa­ther claimed they should not get so much money as Xing was not the prin­ci­pal de­fen­dant. Be­sides, Xing’s fam­ily said they could af­ford only 3,000 yuan.

The court did not an­nounce a ver­dict.

Wang and other pe­ti­tion­ers from An­hui, Hu­nan and Fu­jian prov­inces told Bei­jing News that they were held in a black jail un­der the or­ders of Bei­jing of­fices of lo­cal gov­ern­ments.

Xing also con­firmed this but claimed that he was not the one to con­tact those lo­cal gov­ern­ments’ Bei­jing of­fices. Su Zhou con­trib­uted to this story. Con­tact the writer at suzhou@ chi­


Wang Wei­long, a pe­ti­tioner who was de­tained and tor­tured for 63 days, shows the pho­tos of his in­juries in Bei­jing on Wed­nes­day.

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