採訪/陳漢 編輯/宋風 後者/舒燦
Black Jail Case Trial Avoids The Real Culprits
The trial took place recently, in Daxing district court,
of a black jail case,. that happened two years ago in Beijing.
The plaintiff described in court his experience of being illegally
detained and tortured.
The defendants, juveniles two years ago, were hired to guard
and intercept petitioners, by local government officials
stationed in the Beijing office.
The plaintiff was displeased that the judge neglected
to deal with those who had instructed these minors.
Beijing News reported the case on the 14th.
Wang Weilong was a petitioner from Anhui Province.
On September 22, 2012, after he finished his petition in Beijing,
three strangers abducted him from the train station
to a rental in Daxing District.
They took his cell phone and cash.
After learning his family issued an online message,
they beat him and whipped his head with a belt.
A month later, Wang Weilong was hooded and transferred
to Zhangjiakou, Hebei Province.
He was buried in snow up to his neck.
Later, he was branded with red-hot pincers.
They told him, since his last name was Wang,
they’ll brand him with his last name.
Wang Weilong was released only 63 days later.
One of the defendants, surnamed Xing, alleged to have
detained Wang illegally, said in court that he was a juvenile
at the time.
He was induced by a friend with a monthly wage of 2,000
to guard petitioners.
Xing testified that punishments, such as beatings, burial in snow
and branding, were inflicted on petitioners in black jails if
they were “disobedient".
However, he claimed it was instigated by others.
If he did not do it as ordered, someone else will beat him.
Xing further testified that two particular men were directly
in contact with the local government office in Beijing,
to notify them when to receive and release the petitioners.
There is also another similar case in Beijing’s Chaoyang
District Court with 10 defendants, including the boss and staff
of the black jail.
Seven of them were born in the 1990s and three of them
were minors when they committed the crimes.
The plaintiff Wang Weilong told Radio Free Asia that the trial
ended quickly after just two hours.
Nothing about the culprit behind the crime
and no investigation of his injuries was
mentioned in the trial.
He was very disappointed.
Wang Weilong indicated that the torture in the black jail has
left him with permanent damage.
He has lost capability to work,
and often suffered from dizziness and headaches
from the injury.
Sui Muqing, Guangdong lawyer: “They are fearless due to
the backing of local government. Their risk is very low.
The many interceptions of petitioners nationwide have ended
up with scarcely any (culprits) arrested or indicted.
The ones who were caught are mostly the security guards.
But, the ones that really ought to be caught are the police
and officers from local government."
Sui Muqing indicates that because none of the real culprits
was arrested, the local governments are even more
emboldened and black jails are widespread everywhere.
Wang Yan is a Hubei petitioner who had been detained
three times in black jails.
The first time was on July 6, 2006. She was kept for more
than a month. She was beaten by the guards, and forced to
pay the ‘interception fee ‘ of more than 100,000 yuan.
During the detention, she experienced lethargy for 7 days
due to drug injection.
This treatment had resulted in a heart problem.
She then was sent to a labor camp.
Wang Yan: “Ever since I became a citizen of Hong Kong,
they could not charge me or detain me, but hired gangsters
to break four of my ribs."
Wang Yan indicates that during her three times detention
in black jails, she saw many people in Beijing and Xiangyang
receive far more cruel torture than what she had experienced.
In fact, many tortures, of people who petition according
to the law in China, have been exposed.
Beijing lawyer Liang Xiaojun told Radio Free Asia the very
serious phenomenon of black jails, mainly for Falun Gong
The ruling party believes these extralegal black jails are more
effective to control society.
To solve the black jail problem,
there has to be a change of the system.
Sui Muqing points out that the root of the black jail is
Local cadre performance appraisal system has forced
officials to adopt such means of self-protection,
or even directly refer to the petition as illegal.
It is clearly an act of damage to the legal system.
It serves no good to the image of the authorities.
It actually reflects the ineffectiveness of Zhongnanhai
and the fall of the Central authority.
Interview/ChenHan Edit/SongFeng Post-Production/ShuCan