Mr. Chen Baofeng (????
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Status: Tortured to death
City: Liujiazi town, Chaoyang city, Liaoning province
Former Workplace: Taxi driver
Date of Most Recent Arrest: February 24, 2008
Date of Death: March 3, 2008
Last Place Detained: Shijiazi Detention Center in Chaoyang
Known Acquaintances Overseas: None
On February 24, 2008, Chen Baofeng, a taxi driver, was hired by Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Li Yaxuan to drive her and four others to Shenyang. She had learned that her husband, Mr. Gao Yuling, had been severely tortured in Shenyang’s notorious Masanjia Forced Labor Camp and was undergoing emergency treatment in a hospital there. But the taxi was followed and on their way a police vehicle from the Qianjin District Police Department pulled them over and arrested all six people inside.
According to Chaoyang Deputy Police Director Zhang Minghua, the provincial police headquarters gave orders to forcefully interrogate these six practitioners. When their families went to visit them, an officer said, “If they refuse to cooperate, we will force-feed them until they die.”
Mr. Chen was indeed killed in police custody, but the Chaoyang City Police Department did not notify his family. After Director Zhang met with personnel from the Political Security Office and the detention center, they from that point on all claimed that Mr. Chen had died of a sudden heart attack.
Mr. Chen’s family claims he never had heart problems before and that he was a very healthy man. They wonder how he could have died only eight days after being arrested if not for police brutality. If he died of sickness, why was the family not notified when he was ill?
The police finally allowed his family to see the body on March 5, 2008. They found his body carelessly thrown on the floor. Large bruises were clearly visible on his back and chest. When they moved his body, blood came out of his mouth.
The following individuals are believed to have played a role in Mr. Chen’s arrest and torture:
Chaoyang City Police Department Deputy Zhang Minghua, 86-421-2628248 (Office), 86-421-2636666 (Home), 86-13304219999 (Cell), 86-13904213399 (Cell)
Chaoyang City Domestic Security Subdivision Chief Wang Jinglong: 86-421-2611250, 86-421-2616682, 86-13591860610 (Cell)