Falun Gong practitioner Lin Shenli was
released on January 23 after serving two years in a
penitentiary for labor education and rehabilitation.
The penitentiary staff told
Xinhua: "Although Lin Shenli did not give up his belief
in Falun Gong and did not admit any fault during his
detention, he received good care. The rumor overseas that
Lin was persecuted by the Chinese government is nothing but
lived in Shanghai before being sentenced to 18 months for
reeducation through labor on January 23, 2000 for taking
part in illegal Falun Gong activities. When more illegal
activities came to light, his original period for
reeducation through labor was increased to two years.
Liu Xiang, a former Falun Gong
practitioner who was with Lin for six months during his
detention, said that although Lin did not agree that Falun
Gong is a cult, the penitentiary staff still looked after
him well and gave him "parent-like care and reasonable
He said that
staff also tried hard to get kung fu novels for Lin Shenli.
Xie Shisuo, another former
Falun Gong practitioner who was withLin from April, 2001 to
January, 2002, said that no verbal or physical violence took
place in the penitentiary.
appealed to the Shanghai Municipal Government against the
length of his detention but was turned down.
The Chinese government
arranged exit formalities for Lin after he completed his
detention on January 23. Enditem