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Ji Sizun 纪斯尊
Crime: Gathering a crowd to disrupt order of a public place & picking quarrels and provoking troubles
Length of Punishment: 4.5 years
Court: Minhou County People’s Court, Fujian Province
Trial Date: December 15, 2015
Sentencing Date: April 18, 2016
Dates of Detention/Arrest: October 21, 2014 (detained); December 19, 2014 (arrested)
Place of Incarceration: Putian Prison, Fujian Province
Fujian police took activist Ji Sizun into custody and administratively detained him for 10 days on October 21, 2014, for “gathering a crowd to disrupt order of a public place” and “picking quarrels and provoking troubles.” He had been picked up after publicly supporting the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong that began earlier that month, and while he was traveling to Beijing to give an interview with the People’s Daily. Fuzhou police then criminally detained Ji on suspicion of the same crimes on November 17, 2014, and formally arrested him in December. The indictment against him charged that he had organized two protests by petitioners, one on August 11, 2014, outside the Department of Land and Resources of Fujian Province and another on September 10, 2014, outside the Fujian Province High People’s Court. Ji appealed his 4.5-year sentence, which was handed down in April 2016, but it was turned down in July during a closed door hearing that Ji’s lawyer was not notified about.
Ji Sizun’s health has seriously deteriorated during his incarceration, and he reportedly suffered a debilitating stroke and has not received sufficient medical treatment for a number of severe health conditions. In January 2018, Ji’s lawyer, Lin Hongnan (林洪楠), received a letter from the activist indicating that he had been transferred to Jianxin Hospital (a facility connected to Putian Prison) on January 19, apparently after a stroke. Ji reportedly had a serious amount of blood in his stool and had undergone a gastroscopy. Prison officials notified Ji’s family on January 25 that Ji also had severe high blood pressure and diabetes as well as a brain stem issue.
Lawyer Ji Zhongjiu (纪中久) visited the activist in the hospital on May 7, 2018, and learned that he had been bedridden since the stroke in January. Ji reportedly could not move his limbs on his left side of his body due to partial paralysis and was extremely weak, his speaking voice barely audible to lawyer Ji. Ji reportedly told the lawyer that the hospital was unable to provide him adequate medical treatment or nutritious food. Police officers closely monitored the visit, which lasted less than a half hour. As his poor health persisted, Ji reportedly underwent surgery in November 2018 while also remaining under very close watch by guards.
Ji Sizun, born in 1949, is a Fujian-based activist who had provided legal aid and offered legal training to petitioners for many years. In 2008, police detained Ji after he applied for a permit to demonstrate in an official Beijing Olympics “Protest Zone.” For this activity, he was convicted and sentenced to three years in prison on charges of “forging official documents and seals.”