Court Lies to Defense Attorney, Tries Falun Dafa Practitioner Secretly and Without Counsel

July 27, 2014 | By a Minghui correspondent from Tianjin City, China

(Minghui.org) There is no honor in China’s legal system. The family of Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Wang Guiqi learned that firsthand, when they hired lawyers to defend Mr. Wang. Mr. Wang was forced to appear in many secret hearings between March and November 2013, without legal counsel. And the court intended to bypass his lawyer and try him in June 2014.

First Secret Trial

Officers from the Hangzhoudao and Daliangzi police stations in the Tanggu District planned to arrest Mr. Wang in November 2012 because he practices Falun Dafa. The Tanggu District Court in Binhai New District tried Mr. Wang secretly on March 21, 2013. The court didn’t inform his family and appointed him a lawyer that Mr. Wang objected to. During the trial, Mr. Wang insisted on defending himself.

Mr. Wang’s family hired two human rights lawyers from Beijing after they learned about the secret trial. On two occasions, April 25 and May 8, 2013, the two lawyers went to the Tanggu Court and asked to see Mr. Wang’s files. Chief judge Li Hongliang said that the case had taken too long and denied their requests. On May 8, the lawyers officially appealed to the court and submitted Legal Opinion on Reopening Wang Guiqi’s Case.

Mr. Wang’s lawyers received the verdict on July 29: he was sentenced to four and a half years in prison. The lawyers appealed to the Tianjin Second Intermediate Court on August 2, 2013.

The intermediate court notified the lawyers on August 30 that they could read Mr. Wang’s files. This was the first time the lawyers had been allowed access to their client’s files. With only one day to prepare, the lawyers were told to submit their defense in writing on September 1 and September 16, because the authorities were planning to conduct another closed trial. The lawyers refused to comply and submitted letters demanding that the trial be public.

Second Trial

The court finally held an open trial on November 4. During the proceedings, the presiding judge interrupted the defense attorneys repeatedly, which obstructed them from defending Mr. Wang effectively. Nonetheless, the lawyers were able to defend Mr. Wang with a substantial amount of evidence.

That afternoon, Mr. Wang’s lawyers filed a complaint with the Second Court of the Tianjin Procuratorate against those who participated in Mr. Wang’s unlawful trials. The lawyers accused them of abusing their power, malicious prosecution, and illegal detention. Nevertheless, the court upheld the previous verdict passed down by the Tanggu District Court.

Mr. Wang was then sent to the Binhai New District Prison, where the guards severely tortured him in an attempt to “transform” him. The torture harmed him mentally and physically, and he became very thin and weak.

Family Continued Asking Lawyers to Appeal

In early April 2014, Mr. Wang’s family again asked the lawyers to appeal on Mr. Wang’s behalf, and the two lawyers agreed without hesitation. They filed a grievance with the Tianjin Second Intermediate Court. The court accepted their petition and told them to wait until further notice.

Mr. Wang’s lawyers went to the Binhai New District Prison in early April this year. They asked to see him, but the prison officials denied their request.

The lawyers warned the officials that they had the legal right to meet with their client, Mr. Wang, and that they would sue the prison for abuse of power if their request continued to be denied.

The prison officials were afraid of being held responsible and told the lawyers to contact the Tianjin Prison Bureau, which is in charge of the Binhai New District Prison.

When the lawyers went to the Tianjin Prison Bureau to submit their request, the bureau officials gave them the runaround. They showed the lawyers unrelated documents and regulations, and evasively replied that they were not responsible for Mr. Wang’s case. The lawyers refuted the excuses and demanded that their legal right to visit their client be met. The officials had nothing to say in response and physically removed them from the office.

The following day the lawyers went to the Tianjin Bureau of Justice, which is in charge of the Tianjin Prison Bureau. They filed charges against the prison bureau for their omission, but were again subjected to the officials’ attempts to obstruct them in every possible way.

On June 14, during a prison visit, Mr. Wang’s family saw that his physical and mental condition had worsened. He was having trouble walking. As he talked with his family, he began to cry and said he could not endure it anymore. It seemed that Mr. Wang was being severely tortured. After that, the jail contacted Mr. Wang’s family several times to say that they would take Mr. Wang for a physical examination and medical treatment.

The Third Trial

On June 15, 2014, Mr. Wang’s family received a phone call from the Tianjin City Second Intermediate Court. They were told that the court had scheduled a trial to respond to Mr. Wang’s appeal and that the family should arrive at the courthouse at 9 a.m. on June 17. The family asked whether or not they had notified Mr. Wang’s lawyer. The court staff person said, “It’s just to clarify a few facts. It’s not necessary to notify the lawyer.”

When the family told the lawyer about it, Mr. Wang’s lawyer said that the court had violated the law for not notifying him. The lawyer called the court, and the court said that they were only going to ask the family a few things and it was not a trial. The lawyer believed them and informed the family.

When the family arrived in the courtroom on the appointed day, the female judge whose last name was Meng said, “This will be a trial on this case.”

The family was shocked, in disbelief that the court would lie so blatantly. They immediately called the lawyer, who talked to the judge on the phone and stated that this deception by the court was not acceptable. The judge did not contradict the attorney and hung up. The judge accepted Mr. Wang’s plea and quickly ended the trial.

After the “trial” ended, Judge Meng admitted in a conversation with the family that, according to the law, the lawyers had the right to see Mr. Wang. She also revealed that she could not do much in Mr. Wang’s case, due to pressure from higher authorities.

Sadly, Mr. Wang’s illegal arrest and trials are not unusual in today’s China, where the legal system is abused as a tool of persecution.

Related articles:

Mr. Wang Guiqi’s Attorneys Appeal Unlawfully Upheld Verdict
Mr. Wang Guiqi Secretly Sentenced to Four and Half Years, His Attorneys File Charges Against Officials
Lawyer Sues Court for Abuse of Power in Falun Gong Case
Tianjin Intermediate Court Plots Secret Trial Against Mr. Wang Guiqi
Mr. Wang Guiqi Appeals Unlawful Verdict, Requests Public Hearing
Mr. Wang Guiqi Secretly Tried and Sentenced in Tianjin City, Lawyers Appeal

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School Children Targeted for Brainwashing by the 610 Office in Guangxi Province

July 27, 2014 | By a Minghui correspondent from Guangxi Province, China

(Minghui.org) The “Youth Education Center Against Heretical Organizations” was established in Baise City, Guangxi Province, in May 2014. It is another way the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) brainwashes school children into being against Falun Gong.

The program was set up by the Baise City Municipal Committee, the Political and Legal Affairs Committee, and the 610 Office. Meant as a “model,” the program is to be promoted nationwide in the future.

Located in the Baise Science and Culture Center for Youth, the organization opened its doors on May 13. Videos, audios, window displays, books, bulletin boards, charts, and pictures slandering Falun Gong and its founder are employed.

It has been confirmed that the Longlin County Middle School, Leli County Central School, and several other schools have already brought into the project and established similar programs.

Feng Zhiwu, head of the Baise 610 Office, has been aggressively attacking Falun Gong at public meetings and organizing brainwashing centers. Feng is responsible for the initiative to “thoroughly investigate” and “clean up all Falun Gong related material.” The persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in Baise has escalated as a result.

Targeting School Children

Feng is now targeting school children, feeding them CCP ideology and slandering Falun Gong. He often personally participates in the activities.

For example, Feng and a group of investigators visited Baise No. 1 Elementary School, Baise No. 7 Middle School, and Baise Science and Culture Center for Youth on May 20, 2014, and Longlin County Middle School on July 3, 2014, to check on the schools’ progress in implementing the “Anti Heretical Organization” initiative.

For the second time since 2010, Baise No. 1 Elementary School held a school wide “criticism assembly” on May 16, 2014. School principle Ji Qiufeng gave a speech slandering Falun Gong, to which the students chanted their agreement.

Dongjing Central Elementary School held a signature assembly on April 16. Teachers and students were to sign a pledge slandering Falun Gong.

Xilin County Middle School held a “Refusal to Join a Heretical Organization Signature Assembly” on April 11, 2014. School principle Ji Zhengxiong and assistant principle Lu Haiping slandered Falun Gong in their speeches.

Several other middle and elementary schools in nearby counties held similar assemblies.

The Jinxi County Education Bureau distributed propaganda booklets to the 45,130 students in the county. Teachers in the schools were questioned. Those who practice Falun Gong and refused to abandon their belief were immediately removed from their posts.

Baise is a poor city. Families can barely afford textbooks for their children. Teachers don’t get paid on time and often don’t receive their full salary. It is still a question as to where the funding for the new center came from.

Parties involved in maligning Falun Gong:
Feng Zhiwu (封志武), head of the Baise 610 Office: +86-776-2693829, +86-18607768227, +86-15677628221
Ji Zhengxiong 季正雄, principle of Xilin Middle School: +86-13877677361, +86-776-8688183, +86-776-8680072
Lu Haiping (陆海平), assistant principle of Xilin Middle School: +86-13877677215
Ji Qiufeng (吉秋凤), principle of Baise No. 1 Elementary School: +86-13977692178

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San Francisco: Rally and Parade Protest 15 Years of Persecution

July 21, 2014 | By Minghui correspondents Li Ruoyun and Wang Ying

(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners protested 15 years of persecution by the Chinese communist regime with a series of events in San Francisco on July 19: a group exercise at the UN plaza, a rally and parade, a photo exhibit, and torture re-enactment in the city. They held the activities to call for an end to the persecution and for bringing the main perpetrators to justice.

The persecution of Falun Gong was officially launched overnight on July 20, 1999.

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Practicing the exercises at the UN plaza in San Francisco

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The Divine Land Marching Band

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The march passes through San Francisco’s Chinatown

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Torture re-enactment

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Mourning Falun Gong practitioners persecuted to death in China

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Ms. Yu Zizhen

Yu Zizhen shared her personal story at the rally. She arrived in the United States less than a year ago. She said that hers was one of the many families torn apart by the brutal persecution in China.

She was born on January 24, 1999. Her father Yu Ming and mother Ma Li were arrested on January 1, 2000 for handing out truth-clarification materials. In the following 10 years, her father was incarcerated three times and detained for nearly eight years. Her memory of her father was basically one labor camp to another, one brainwashing center to another and torture, hunger strikes and electric shocks.

Mr. Yu finally came home in 2009. He was nearly a complete stranger to her. In 2013, Mr. Yu was illegally arrested again.

Ms. Yu hoped her personal story would inspire more people to help end the persecution and set free all imprisoned Falun Gong practitioners.

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Category: July 20 Events

Montreal, Canada: Rally in front of Chinese Consulate to Protest the Persecution

July 20, 2014 | By a practitioner in Montreal

(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners held a rally in front of the Chinese Consulate on St. Catherine Street on July 17, 2014 to mark the 15th anniversary of peaceful resistance to the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) persecution. They exposed the CCP’s atrocity of live organ harvesting from persecuted Falun Gong practitioners and called for an end to the brutal persecution in China.

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Falun Gong practitioners hold a rally in front of the Chinese Consulate in Montreal to mark the 15th anniversary of peaceful resistance to the CCP’s persecution.

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Exposing the CCP’s persecution of Falun Gong to passers-by.

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Collecting signatures to stop the CCP’s live organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners

Practitioners demonstrated the exercises, which caught the attention of passers-by. A number of people came forward to ask for more information and many signed the petition to protest the CCP’s live organ harvesting.

Experiencing the Persecution in China

Ms. Sun, from a small town in Northern China, experienced the persecution in China first hand. She recalled, “On July 20, 1999, the Party initiated the persecution of Falun Gong. One afternoon in 2000, I went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong. I was caught by police and imprisoned. I was beaten, abused and intimidated.” She shed tears while speaking, recalling her experience.

Ms. Sun continued, “I was frequently confined at home, monitored, followed and harassed on the many occasions that the Party thinks ‘sensitive,’ such as April 25, July 20, the Beijing Olympics, or during the Party’s conferences.” Ms. Sun was fortunate to be able to come to Montreal in 2013 and put the harassment behind her.

Chinese People Renounce the CCP and Its Affiliated Organizations

A Chinese woman came out of the consulate and asked a practitioner for information about the rally. She expressed her support, but not openly. The practitioner introduced the world-wide movement of withdrawing from the CCP and its affiliated organizations. The woman agreed to renounce the Party on the spot.

Many Chinese students were attending class in a building next door to the consulate. During break, they came out to read the poster boards about a number of subjects, including the CCP-staged self-immolation incident [to frame Falun Gong], high level Chinese officials being sued in international courts and the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party. Many of the young people accepted the Falun Gong informational materials from the practitioners.

People Sign the Petition Form to Stop the CCP’s Live Organ Harvesting

Throughout the event, passers-by stopped to read the poster boards. Some said that they had not known about the atrocities before. After learning the facts, many signed the petition to stop the CCP’s live organ harvesting.

A student from a nearby school stopped by and said that he frequently saw the practitioners’ events. He said, “I think your events against the persecution are very peaceful. I cannot understand the Chinese regime’s persecution. I feel sorry for the innocent practitioners who bring grace to people but suffer persecution.” He signed the petition against the CCP’s live organ harvesting.

A woman named Dolores from Quebec talked with a practitioner at the rally. Dolores said, “I’ve heard of Falun Gong. I think it is beneficial to all people. Everyone should practice Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. There is nothing wrong with that. I think that what is happening in China is terrible. It is good to collect signatures in Quebec. People are shocked when they see the poster boards, as they don’t understand why such things occur in China.”

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Category: July 20 Events

Argentina: Chinese Diplomat Arrested After Forcing His Way Past the Police Cordon in Attempt to Disrupt Falun Gong Protest During Xi’s Visit

July 21, 2014 | By a Falun Gong practitioner in Argentina

(Minghui.org) A Chinese embassy official was arrested in Buenos Aires on July 19 for forcing his way past the police line in an attempt to disrupt a Falun Gong protest.

Local practitioners identified this man as the deputy military attache at the Chinese embassy. The man’s diplomatic identity was confirmed by the Argentine police.

In the nearby Congressional Palace, Argentine Vice President Amado Boudou was meeting with head of Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Xi Jinping, who was visiting July 18 through 21.

Based on the previous day’s experience, Argentine riot police made arrangements to keep local Chinese thugs associated with the Chinese embassy away from Falun Gong practitioners, in order to protect the practitioners’ safety. The Chinese diplomat forced his way past the police cordon while leading a group of these thugs, and was subsequently arrested.

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A Chinese diplomat was arrested on July 19, 2014, after forcing his way past the police cordon to disrupt a Falun Gong protest during Xi’s meeting with the Argentine Vice President.

Falun Gong practitioners staged several protests during Xi’s visit. They called for Xi to end the persecution of Falun Gong and bring the main perpetrators to justice.

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Local Chinese known to be closely associated with the CCP threatens a Falun Gong practitioner in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on July 19, 2014.

On the morning of July 18, practitioners unfurled their banners outside of the hotel where Xi was staying and started distributing informational materials that exposed the persecution in China. Thugs from the CASRECH (Chamber of Supermarkets and Self-Service Restaurants Owned by Chinese Residents in Argentina) and the Fujian Association, two groups closely associated with the local Chinese Embassy, showed up, too.

According to Ms. Fu, a representative of the Falun Dafa Association in Argentina, some of the thugs threatened practitioners, saying things like, “You won’t be able to stay here [in Argentina] much longer.”

The thugs assaulted practitioners several times and tried to grab their banners. The police ordered the thugs to retreat to the hotel garage entrance and ignored their accusations, as the practitioners’ banners were perfectly legal.

The police eventually contained the thugs near the garage entrance and allowed practitioners to continue to distribute materials.

Ms. Fu said that the Chinese diplomat arrested on the 19th was also present on the 18th. After the police saw how the thugs tore apart several banners, they called in armed police and lined up between the Chinese thugs and Falun Gong practitioners.

When Xi’s motorcade was due to arrive, the Chinese diplomat gestured to the thugs, who then swarmed to snatch the yellow banners that said things such as “Falun Dafa is great.” They tried to shove their way past the police, who used batons to keep them away from the practitioners.

Just then, the motorcade arrived and slowed down. The practitioners held up their banners and responded to the assaults by shouting, “Falun Dafa is great.”

In the afternoon on July 18th, the police designated two police officers to escort practitioners to the location of their protest near the La Casa Rosada, the executive mansion and office of the President of Argentina.

The police ordered the Chinese thugs to keep their distance. Xi’s motorcade again passed by practitioners’ protest with banners such as “Stop persecuting Falun Gong.”

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Argentine Falun Gong practitioners shouted “Falun Dafa is great” and “Bring Jiang Zemin, the instigator of the persecution, to justice” wherever the CCP officials’ motorcade went.

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Practitioners shouted “Falun Dafa is great” and “Bring Jiang Zemin, the instigator of the persecution, to justice” wherever the CCP officials’ motorcade went.

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Argentine riot police kept the Chinese thugs away from the Falun Gong practitioners

This episode occurred as the persecution of Falun Gong in China approaches its 15th year, having been officially launched on July 20, 1999.

“The CCP official and hired thugs openly assaulted Argentine practitioners. This was unacceptable. If this is happening in Argentina, imagine how brutal the persecution is in China!” Ms. Fu said.

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Category: Rallies & Protests

Mr. Huang Junliang Arrested and His Family Beaten (Photos)

July 22, 2014 | By a Minghui correspondent from Hubei Province, China

(Minghui.org) Mr. Huang Junliang from Chibi City was arrested and taken to the Hubei Province Brainwashing Center. His wife and son were beaten by the police.

About eight officers in plainclothes waited outside the residential building where Mr. Huang lives. When he and his family went downstairs at 8 a.m. on July 8, 2014, they arrested him without showing any ID.

Mr. Huang’s son had already gotten into the car, and the officers demanded that he get out. When the son refused, they pulled him out, handcuffed him, pushed him down, and kicked him in the back.

Ms. Huang’s wife, Ms. Gong Xiaoying, tried to stop them from beating her son, but they shoved her down, too. Her head hit the ground hard, leaving a gash behind her right ear. Blood streamed down.

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Blood coming from behind Ms. Gong Xiaoying’s right ear

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Ms. Gong Xiaoying’s injuries

Mr. Huang’s daughter was also restrained by the police.

Many residents witnessed the incident and criticized the officers for their behavior.

The officers included head of Chibi Domestic Security Division Cai Jinping, chief of the Chunchuan Police Station Sun Zhigang, and deputy chief Xiong Fangqing.

Mr. Huang was taken to the brainwashing center in Banqiao Village, Wuhan City, that afternoon. The public name of this center is “Hubei Province Legal Education Bureau,” but it is under direct control of the Hubei Province 610 Office.

Previous Arrests

Mr. Huang and several other practitioners went to visit Mr. Zhong Shoubang at the Shayang Forced Labor Camp on August 2, 2009. They were arrested and taken to the Shayang Police Station, before being transferred to the Chibi Detention Center. Mr. Huang went on a hunger strike to protest the persecution and was force-fed by the guards. He was later put in shackles because he shouted “Falun Dafa is good!”

Mr. Huang and more than a dozen other practitioners were arrested and held in a detention center on October 28, 2002.

Parties Involved in the Persecution of Mr. Huang:

Feng Quan (冯权), secretary of the Chibi Political and Legal Affairs Committee: 86-15872835555
Yao Xiong (姚雄), head of the local 610 Office: 86-13886509329 (Cell), 86-715-9126789 (Home), 86-715-8126179 (Office)
Liao Zhijun, head of the Chibi Police Department: 86-13807246679 (Cell)
Cai Jinping, head of the Chibi Domestic Security Division: 86-18995828966, +86-715-5232701 (Office)

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Judge Claims Verdict Based on Party’s Instructions

July 22, 2014 | By a Minghui correspondent from Henan Province, China

(Minghui.org) A judge in China recently acknowledged that the court answers to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and follows its orders.

Ms. Yang Hemei, a Falun Gong practitioner, was tried for “undermining the implementation of the law” on July 9, 2014, in Weidong Court in Pingdingshan City, Henan Province.

The charge was based on the sole fact that a large number of Falun Gong materials were found in Ms. Yang’s home. Her attorney pleaded not guilty on her behalf and asked the prosecutor how possessing those materials undermined the implementation of law.

The Trial a Farce

The chief judge convened the proceedings at 9:30 a.m. However, he only allowed the prosecutor to speak and interrupted Ms. Yang many times when she was defending herself.

Ms. Yang’s attorney said: “To undermine the implementation of the law can only be carried out by someone with public power. Ms. Yang is no one special. The prosecutor hasn’t provided evidence that Ms. Yang distributed any of those materials. How could she undermine the implementation of law?”

He also argued that possession of Falun Gong materials in and of itself doesn’t constitute a crime according to existing law.

About 20 armed police officers guarded the outside of the courthouse on the morning of the trial.

Illegal Arrest

Ms. Yang Hemei was reported on March 4, 2014, for distributing Falun Gong truth clarification materials. Officers from the Dong’an Road Police Station arrested her and ransacked her home. They also arrested her husband and took the couple to the Pingdingshan Detention Center. Ms. Yang’s husband was later bailed out.

Ms. Yang, 58, is retired from the Pingdingshan City Geology Company in Henan Province. She has been arrested many times since the CCP initiated the persecution of Falun Gong in 1999. She has been held in a brainwashing center, detention center, and even a mental hospital. She has been monitored by officials from the local 610 Office.

Parties Involved in the Persecution of Ms. Yang:

Li Jianhui (李剑辉), the person who reported Ms. Yang Hemei: +86-15225023666 (Cell)
Huang Pu (黄璞), the local 610 Office: +86-15036850000 (Cell)
Yao Jinke (姚进科), the local 610 Office: +86-15037553789 (Cell)

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