Story in Stuff today. This is the country we are dealing with:
Reflections of a tortured man
Last updated 11:55 10/03/2014
The local Chinese official remembers the panic he felt in Room 109. He had refused to confess to bribery he says he didn’t commit, and his Communist Party interrogators were forcing his legs apart.
Zhou Wangyan heard his left thigh bone snap, with a loud “ka-cha”. The sound nearly drowned out his howls of pain.
“My leg is broken,” Zhou told the interrogators. According to Zhou, they ignored his pleas.
China’s government was under strong pressure to fight rampant corruption in its ranks, faced with the anger of an increasingly prosperous, well-educated and internet-savvy public.
However, the party’s methods for extracting confessions exposed its 85 million members and their families to the risk of abuse.
Experts estimated at least several thousand people were secretly detained every year for weeks or months under an internal system that was separate from state justice.
In a rare display of public defiance, Zhou and three other party members in Hunan have described the months of abuse they endured less than two years ago, in separate cases, while in detention.
It was in September that the interrogators broke his leg. Two weeks later, Zhou started slipping into unconsciousness. Only then, he said, did they let him go to a hospital under the false name of Wang Yan, with the story that he had fallen in the bathroom.
Medical records showed that upon admission to the Zhuzhou City No. 1 People’s Hospital on September 29, his thighs, calves and feet were swollen, his skin red and hot and his left thigh badly bruised.
Further tests revealed fluid in his thighs, kidney stones, an enlarged liver and swollen lymph nodes on his groin. Scans confirmed that his left thigh had broken into several pieces.
A week after surgery, Zhou’s investigators took him back to Room 109, he said.
It was three months later, in the winter, when Zhou finally caved. He signed a confession saying he had accepted 40,000 yuan, or NZ$7800, in bribes and wrote a resignation letter.
He was released in January last year. An amateur video shot that day by his family showed a visibly thinner Zhou hobbling out of the building on crutches. He was helped on a stretcher and into an ambulance.
Despite everything, Zhou hoped for justice.
“I still believe that the Chinese Communist Party is a good ruling party,” Zhou said.
“I also believe that not too far in the future, there will be a place in the People’s Republic of China in which we can speak freely, a place where my terrible case will receive a fair and just response.”
So you know, this is modern China. The China of today. No wonder anyone with money is getting the hell out of there.
Why we have an FTA with these people I’ll never know.