November 08, 2013 | By a Minghui correspondent in Shanghai, China
(Minghui.org) Shanghai Pudong New Area Court put Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Zhu Yumei on trial on September 26, 2013, and sentenced her to three and a half years in prison.
The Shanghai Pudong New Area Procuratorate was in charge of prosecuting Ms. Zhu. Procurators Pang Zheng and Pan Li, chief judge Xiao Bo, and judges Wang Meiling and Shi Yaohui were present.
The prosecution charged Ms. Zhu with Article 300 of the criminal law, which is “ using cult organizations to sabotage law enforcement.” Ms. Zhu’s attorney asked the prosecutors to show which clause or article of the law states that Falun Gong is a cult and which law Ms. Zhu had sabotaged.
Chief judge Xiao Bo also asked the prosecutors to show such evidence. Since there is no legal basis for such a charge, they were unable to respond.
Because the 610 Office pulls the strings in such cases, in the end the court supported the prosecutors and sentenced Ms. Zhu to prison. Their legal basis was still Article 300 of the criminal law and a “judicial interpretation” on the part of the Supreme Court and the Supreme Procuratorate. Both Ms. Zhu Yumei and her attorney’s defense were ignored.
It was the first time that chief judge Xiao Bo had handled a Falun Gong practitioner’s case. Apparently embarrassed by this travesty of justice, he lowered his head and shrank away from Ms. Zhu’s family. Shi Yaohui, however, has sentenced Falun Gong practitioners many times, and it was he who read out the verdict sentencing Ms. Zhu.
Category: Accounts of Persecution