Jiangsu Teacher Continues to be Incarcerated Despite End of Wrongful Prison Term
Mr. Pan Xujun, a 55-year-old middle school English teacher of Xuzhou City, Jiangsu Province, remains detained even though his five and a half-year wrongful sentence for practicing Falun Gong ended on November 18, 2020.
Pan had been arrested on May 19, 2015, and sentenced to five and a half years in Hongzehu Prison. He was scheduled to be released on November 18, 2020, but the authorities have refused to do so, withholding explanation to his family for the extended detention.
Given the rising cases of coronavirus in the country and denied visits to the prison, his family is very worried about him.
Pan took up Falun Gong in August 1996. He was arrested on August 27, 2002, and sentenced to nine years in the Pei County Court on July 7, 2003. He was brutally tortured in Hongzehu Prison and subject to force-feedings, sleep deprivation, and tied up in excruciating positions. He barely survived and was released in November 2010.
In the month leading up to his arrest in 2015, the police harassed him and his wife at her workplace several times. His wife said she was living under tremendous fear during that time.