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Home arrow Urgent Appeals arrow Ms. Xiao Sumin Tortured to Death within a Month
Ms. Xiao Sumin Tortured to Death within a Month  
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...After suffering more than two weeks of continuous torture, Ms. Xiao was on the verge of death. Her body was swollen, an infusion hose was inserted into the root of her inner thigh, both her hands, feet and inner thigh areas were purple in color, and there were three holes on her neck...


Ms. Xiao Sumin before the detention (L); in the hospital (R)

Victim:

Ms. Xiao Sumin, 46, lived in the Vegetable Oil Factory Family Housing. She was a practitioner from Pingdu City, Shandong Province.

Locations:
  1. A brainwashing session held in the Wangcun Area of Zibo City
  2. The Guxian Town Police Station
  3. The Pingdu City Detention Center
  4. The Yaojia Detention Center, 270 Yaojia Street, Ganjingzi District, Dalian City, Liaoning Province, zip code: 116031, phone: 86-411-86870728

Perpetrators:
  1. Officer Shi Weibing of the Pingdu City Police Department
  2. Deputy director Ma Dawei of Guxian Town Police Station
  3. Police officers Liu Jie (male) and Wang (male) of Guxian Town Police Station
  4. The Domestic Security Division of the Pingdu City Police Department
  5. Wang Xinyu (female): Pingdu City 610 Office chief
  6. Wang Hai (male), Pingdu City Detention Center director
  7. Dai Jinzhong (male), Pingdu City detention center guard

Description:

At the beginning of 2008, the Chinese Communist Party was carrying out a new round of arrests of Falun Dafa practitioners, citizens who defend their rights, as well as members of religious groups. The reason given for the arrests was "to host a successful Olympics." On May 30, 2008, Ms. Xiao Sumin and another practitioner, Ms. Sun Shujie, were arrested. They were held in the Pingdu City Appeal Office. Their families are not allowed to visit them.

After enduring more than two weeks of continuous torture, Ms. Xiao was on the verge of death. Guards took her to the emergency room at the Haici Hospital in Qingdao City. On the afternoon of June 12, the police officer called her family members and asked them to go to the hospital. When they arrived, they saw that Ms. Xiao’s body was swollen, an infusion hose was inserted into the root of her inner thigh, both her hands, feet and inner thigh areas were purple in color, and there were three holes (larger than needle holes in size) on her neck. The doctor said that Ms. Xiao’s lungs and kidneys had failed, she had lost the ability to urinate and was in coma. Ms. Xiao died on June 20.

Previous Persecution:

On August 6, 2001, while Ms. Xiao Sumin was out shopping, Domestic Security Officer Shi Weibing of the Pingdu City Police Department forced Ms. Xiao to attend a brainwashing session held in the Wangcun Area of Zibo City. She was tortured there for one month.

On August 7, 2007, Town Police arrested Ms. Xiao and confiscated her motorcycle, two cell phones, and 300 yuan in cash. They took turns slapping her face, as well as punching and kicking her. They also grabbed her by the hair and slammed her head against the wall.

On the afternoon of August 8, 2007, police officers ransacked Ms. Xiao's home and then transferred her to the Pingdu City Detention Center. When her family visited her on August 12, 2007, the detention center administration extorted 30,000 yuan from them with the promise that Ms. Xiao would be able to return home after staying in detention for a total of 15 days.

However, the guards in the detention center planned to send her to a forced labor camp instead. When they tried to get her to sign some paperwork, she refused and went on a hunger strike, protesting her imprisonment.

On the 8th day of her hunger strike the guards asked two doctors from the Pingdu City Mental Hospital to come to the detention center to force-feed her. They had more than a dozen male prisoners restrain Ms. Xiao while the doctors tried to force-feed her.

The next day, when Dai Jinzhong (male), the guard on duty that day, saw that Ms. Xiao didn't awaken from her sleep, he called a doctor. When the doctor examined her, he found her pulse was very weak. The detention then released her.

Summary:

Ms. Xiao Sumin, 46, was a practitioner from Pingdu City, Shandong Province. On May 30, 2008, she was arrested and detained. Within the short period of twenty-one days, the detention guards tortured her to death. Her body was quickly cremated on June 21, 2008 and her ashes taken to her home the same day.

Posted on April 22, 2009


     
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