CHINA. FORMER CHINESE POLICEMAN LIFTS LID ON ORGAN HARVESTING
July 25, 2006: earlier in the month a Canadian human rights organisation revealed the extent of political prisoners being executed in China and then harvested for body parts.
It claimed since 2000 almost 40,000 transplants had been carried out using body parts harvested from executed members of the Falun Gong movement.
Former Beijing policeman Sun Liyong says he knows the methods used by Chinese authorities to harvest body parts from prisoners.
Sun now lives in Australia, but during the 1980s he says he was well aware of what was happening to executed prisoners.
"Before the prisoners were executed the Public Security Bureau would go to the detention centre and test their blood," he said.
"As far as I know during the period I was a policeman all the organs were harvested by the Friendship Hospital in Beijing."
"The Beijing Public Security Bureau would notify the Friendship Hospital before they carried out the execution of prisoners," Sun said.
"The Friendship Hospital would then send an ambulance, and as soon as the prisoners were executed, the police on the spot would put them in a plastic bag and throw them into the van."
Sun says the date and time of the executions were determined by patient demand.
He says once prison authorities had carried out the execution, hospital staff were ready to act.
"And the staff from the hospital would already have everything prepared for the organ harvesting," he said.
The Chinese Government has rejected all aspects of the report into organ harvesting. (Sources: www.abc.net.au, 25/07/2006)