A Liaoning villager claims she was detained for 10 days for “disseminating rumours” after attempting to make a report about misdemeanours by senior officials.
Guo Hongxia, 35, who lives in the village of Tieyingzi in the northeasetrn province's capital city of Shenyang, said that she was put under administrative punishment after she alleged on a microblog site that Shenyang’s party secretary, mayor and police bureau chief had abused their powers to intercept petitioners from lodging complaints about them in Beijing.
Guo accused them of “illegally detaining and abducting petitioners, as well as forging detention warrants”, according to her posting published at the end of July. The posting was shared by four bloggers and commented on three times before it was deleted.
The Shenyang Police Bureau and government declined interview requests on Thursday.
A document Guo provided carrying a police stamp showed that she was detained for 10 days in early August for disseminating rumours, which is subject to a provision in the Public Security Administration punishments.
But Guo insisted her accusations are legitimate and that she was a victim of the officials. The alleged misconduct by the officials took place in March, 2012 when Guo went to Beijing to lodge a complaint against police from her hometown, she told the South China Morning Post on Thursday.
“I was abruptly dragged away from a Beijing street by Shenyang government employees and was taken back to Shenyang, and detained for 10 days on made-up charges,” she said.
Guo said that she can back up her claims with evidence including a video clip recorded by her friend that captured the course of her abduction. She said the clip was turned down by a local court when she tried to file law suits against the Shenyang government.
“The lack of an independent judiciary has left the courts to be controlled by the local government,” Guo said.
But Guo said she is still seeking legal assistance and plans to sue the Shenbei Police Bureau in Shenyang for her alleged illegal detention.