Chinese Media Exposes Forced Confession Used by Harbin Police
In China, forced confession methods, such as electric shocks,
brutal beatings, and pouring pepper oil into
detainees’ noses, are commonly used.
On Sept. 22, police in Harbin, North China were exposed
for having used these methods to force a confession,
leading to a detainee’s death.
However, what is the purpose of the exposure of
illegal police action before the 4th Plenary Session?
On Sept. 21, Xinhua website reported that seven forced
confession cases were confirmed during the first trial
in the Harbin Daowai District Court.
Three police from Daowai police station with four police
assistants had used electric shocks, pouring pepper oil and
other torture methods on a detainee, resulting in his death.
The first trial had sentenced the seven accused to one to two
and half years imprisonment.
The forced confession case happened in March 2013.
During the interrogation on March 24,
detainee Liang Shiquan died.
Media reported that on that evening, police Wu Yan ordered
police assistants Cheng Xiaowei, Pan Yongquan and
Li Yingbin to use an old military hand-cranked telephone
for electric shocking victim Liang Shiquan.
Cheng Xiaowei used shoes to slap
Liang’s face. Finally Liang died.
Earlier, Beijing’s Legal Evening Newspaper reported that
police told the court Liang died of “sudden onset of disease”.
After the court launched an investigation of the police,
Liang’s body was quickly cremated.
The important evidence was destroyed.
Thus the seven criminals hadn’t been charged
with intentional homicide.
Zhao Yuanming, China-based senior legal expert says that
police in China, abusing their power, had implemented for years,
methods designed to force confession.
Zhao Yuanming: “Such problems have been prominent in China,
particularly since Jiang Zemin launched the persecution
of Falun Gong: practitioners being killed counted as suicide.
So police and law enforcement officers could suppress and
persecute Falun Gong practitioners without worry.
Furthermore, these illegal behaviors were
expanded to other civilians.”
Actually, police use of forced-confession creating injustice cases
is not an isolated issue.
For example, in 2001, Wu Changlong and four other suspects
were separately sentenced to life imprisonment
for the Fuqing City disciplinary explosion case.
12 years later, in May 2013, Fujian Province High Court
declared five of the suspects as being not guilty.
Wu Changlong says that he had been forced to confess
by brutal police torture.
Wu Changlong: “Over 100 days in detention center, I was
brutally beaten, I felt desperate, worse than death, hopeless,
I intended suicide three times, but failed.
They didn’t allow me to die, they tortured me every day,
and forced me to admit I did the case.”
Activist Huang Qi, co-founder of 64 Tianwang website,
analyzes that the fourth Plenary Session is scheduled for October.
Now the state-run media reporting a “forced confession” case
has its reason.
Huang Qi: “The media consistently reports on injustice cases.
One is to echo the action of purging Zhou Yongkang and his allies.
Second is to expose a series of injustice cases happening
over the past decade.
It is to provide opportunity for the next step of
redressing the miscarriage cases.”
On July 29, Zhou Yongkang, former Politburo member who
was placed under investigation, had created many injustice cases.
It caused increasing mass incidents to take place.
Yu Meisun, former secretary of the state council points out
that Zhou Yongkang’s tenure in charge of Political and
Legislative Affairs Committee, was the darkest decade
in China’s constitutional history.
Forced confession is only a small part of the darkest decade
Detention centers or labor camps that lay beyond sight of public
and media: what indeed happens inside,
people can only occasionally catch a glimpse.
For example, in April 2013, Lens Magazine, a subsidiary of
Caijing magazine, exposed in an article “Walk out of Masanjia”.
It says that tiger-bench, electric batons, small cells, death bed
and more torture methods were used on female inmates
in Liaoning’s Masanjia Labor Camp.
However, the report was deleted under the order of the
Central Propaganda Department.
Overseas Minghui website has published over 8,000 torture
cases perpetrated by the Chinese police.
It led to Falun Gong practitioners’ deaths, disabilities and even
live organ harvesting.
But, of course, Minghui website has always been blocked
in Mainland China.
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