‘Come Back to China, I’ll Put You in Jail, Too’: Judge Threatens New York Resident
By The Epoch Times | Jul 26, 2021
Excerpted from TheEpochTimes.com
“While browsing online, a New York resident made a startling discovery: Her husband in China is due to stand trial in a matter of days for nothing more than refusing to give up his faith.
Ren Haifei, 45, is a Falun Gong practitioner in China’s northeastern port city of Dalian. The spiritual practice has been brutally suppressed by the communist regime for more than two decades. Millions of adherents have been detained or jailed.
Ren is set to face trial on July 29.
His wife, Wang Jing, knows what this means: a show trial almost certainly leading to a heavy sentence. That’s the same treatment given to most Falun Gong practitioners by the communist regime, she said.
“I want to rescue him now,” Wang, a former nurse who now resides in New York state, told The Epoch Times.
Wang wants to save her husband from another long stint in prison. Ren previously spent 7 1/2 years in jail, during which he suffered from numerous forms of torture.
Ren was never supposed to be in that position again. He was supposed to escape the country with Wang in 2018, after enduring decades of Beijing’s persecution and harassment. But when the two were about to leave, Ren’s elderly parents fell ill. He chose to stay in China to take care of them.
Fearing surveillance by Chinese authorities, the couple has limited their communications to no more than a few brief long-distance calls over the past three years. Wang was only able to find out about Ren’s trial from browsing Minghui.org, a U.S.-based website that documents the persecution of Falun Gong.
After rounds of phoning Chinese authorities herself, Wang was finally able to get through to Judge Jin Hua, who is handling Ren’s case at Dalian’s Ganjingzi Court.
Wang told Jin about her husband’s poor health and asked the judge to immediately release him. She also mentioned the statement from Maloney.
“Do what you want,” Jin told Wang. “Come back to China, I’ll put you in jail, too.”
The judge hung up, and Wang couldn’t reach her again.
Arrest Without Warrant
A year ago, police barged into Ren’s apartment, confiscated his savings and personal belongings, and arrested him without a warrant.
While detained, Ren was sent to the emergency room after a brutal beating by police that caused heart and kidney failure. He was hospitalized for 19 days.
Then, while still in extremely poor health, Ren was imprisoned in a detention center, where guards kept giving him unknown drugs. He wasn’t allowed to disclose the incident to a lawyer until months later. Ren’s lawyer then recounted these details to Wang. Ren has since been held by the authorities without charge, Wang said.
Lives Turned Upside Down
In the late 90s, Wang and Ren were 20-somethings who occasionally ran into each other during morning group meditation sessions at a local park in Dalian.
“Ren was a warm, caring, and gentle person,” Wang said of her first impressions. “He was always eager to help people around him.”
Ren was arrested in 2001 while he was at home making flyers aimed at countering the regime’s hate propaganda against the practice and its adherents. He ended up being jailed for 7 1/2 years.
Wang and Ren revived their friendship after he was released from prison in 2008.
At first, Wang couldn’t recognize Ren at all. The lively young man she remembered was gone. Ren would often weep as he recounted the brutal killings of practitioners around him in prison, she said.
After a few years, the two got married and lived together until 2018.
Like others, Ren had been severely tortured. He was locked alone in a three-by-three-foot room for days on end, wearing shackles and handcuffs. He struggled to find words that could describe what he went through, even to his wife, she said.
“My husband remained true to his belief and tried his best to face life with positivity,” she said. “But a dark shadow was implanted deep inside his heart.”
With days left before Ren’s trial, Wang hopes for a miracle.
“In China, there are a group of good people who just want to hold on to their faith. But they’re paying the price with blood and tears,” she said.
“The CCP is destroying their lives and their family’s lives. I hope kind people from the international community will lend a helping hand and side with justice.”