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Status: Tortured to death
City: Pingdu, Shandong province
Former Workplace: A vegetable oil factory in Pingdu city. Ms. Xiao lived in one of the factory’s family housing units.
Date of Most Recent Arrest: May 30, 2008
Date of Death: June 21, 2008
Location Detained: Pingdu City Detention Center
Known Acquaintances Overseas: None
Xiao Sumin, 46, was arrested on May 30, 2008 by police officers from the Pingdu City 6-10 Office, along with Falun Gong adherent Ms. Sun Shujie. During the time the two women were held at the Pingdu City Petitions Office, their families were not allowed to visit them. According to sources, Ms. Xiao was subjected to torture for almost two weeks, after which she was taken in critical condition to Qingdao Haici Hospital. She never recovered and died within a month of her arrest, on June 21. Her body was immediately cremated and her ashes were taken to her home. She is survived by a young daughter. The whereabouts Ms. Sun, the woman arrested with her, remain unknown.
Sources inside China have relayed that she Ms. Xiao had been constantly monitored and harassed by public security officers over the nine years prior to her final arrest.
The following individuals are believed to have played a role in Ms. Xiao’s arrest and torture: