Mr. Li Decheng from Gaizhou City Recently Sentenced Again

Mr. Li Decheng, 66, is a practitioner from Gaizhou City in Liaoning Province. He has previously been sentenced twice due to his belief in Falun Gong, totalling 9 years. On February 24th, officials at Gaizhou Court sentenced him to another 6 years in prison. When Mr. Li's family told the court to provide evidence for their decision, they were made to leave the court. Mr. Li later appealed.

Mr. Li's wife started practising Falun Gong in July 1997, after a friend recommended it to her. She believed that the Falun Gong book Zhuan Falun teaches people the value of virtue. After witnessing the character improvements in his wife, Mr. Li also started practising in October 1997 and immediately quit drinking alcohol. Before he began practising, he suffered from lower back and severe stomach problems for many years. He almost lost the ability to work. These and other ailments completely disappeared soon after practicing. Mr. Li's eldest son also started to practise Falun Gong.

Sentenced to 6 years in prison

Mr. Li was reported to the authorities on the evening of October 12th, 2011, by a villager who was deceived by the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) propaganda against Falun Gong, at Xiangou Village in Dongcheng District in Gaizhou. The head of village security Tai Shengyu reported this to the party secretary of Xiangou Village, Wang Kexin, who in turn called the Gaizhou Domestic Security Division. The security team leader of the domestic security, Mu Deqiang, and the head of Dongcheng police station Zhang Guanghai took officers to arrest Mr. Li. They did not show any formal documentation.

On October 13th, 2011, Mr. Li was iarrested by Gaizhou police, and was then formally detained on October 25th.

A trial was held for Mr. Li on the morning of December 21st, 2011 at Gaizhou Court. The vice-president of the court, Chen Wei, served as the presiding judge. The deputy procurator, Zhou Juan, served as the prosecutor. Due to a lack of evidence, the judge told Mr. Li that he could return home. However, the police took him back to the detention centre.

During the two months he was held in the detention centre, Mr. Li filed seven complaint letters with regard to his detention and arrest. He handed the letters to the guards to have them delivered to the prosecutor. However, during the next trial, the judge said he never received them.

On February 24th, Judge Chen Wei sentenced Mr. Li to 6 years in prison.

Previously sentenced to a total of 9 years

On March 17th, 2001, Mr. Li was taken to a labour camp in Haicheng, Anshan City, Liaoning Province for one and a half years. On July 26th, 2003, he was sentenced to 7 and a half years in prison by the Bayuquan District Court in Yingkou City.

Mr. Li’s wife and eldest son were also sentenced to 7 and 8 years respectively. Their youngest son became homeless, when no one was left at home to take care of him.

Those responsible for the persecution:
Cui Houtian, police informant and resident of Xiangou Village, Dongcheng District, Gaizhou City
Tai Shengyu, head of security at Xiangou Village, Dongcheng District, Gaizhou City: +86-417-7633222 (Office)
Wang Kexin, party secretary of Xiangou Village, Dongcheng District, Gaizhou City: +86-13841723677 (Mobile)
Mu Deqiang, head of Gaizhou Domestic Security Division: +86-417-7669127 (Office), +86-417-6559528 (Home), +86-13898770158 (Mobile)
Zhang Guanghai, head of Dongcheng Police Station, Gaizhou City: +86-417-7852955 (Office), +86-417-7853388 (Home), +86-13940731888 (Mobile)
Chen Wei, vice-president of Gaizhou Court and the presiding judge in this case: +86-417-7682038 (Office), +86-13394171198 (Mobile)
Lan Tianhua, judge in this case at Gaizhou Court
Xu Guanghua, judge in this case at Gaizhou Court
Li Na, clerk in this case at Gaizhou Court
Zhou Juan, deputy procurator at Gaizhou Procuratorate: +86-417-7775005 (Office), +86-417-2103333 (Home), +86-13940761333 (Mobile)

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