Falun Gong practitioner Lin Shenli was released on
January 23 after serving two years in a penitentiary for
labor education and rehabilitation.
penitentiary staff said: "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 fabrications."
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 persuasion."
He said that staff also tried hard to get kung
fu novels for Lin Shenli.
Xie Shisuo, another
former Falun Gong practitioner who was with Lin 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