Paralyzed from Torture, Gansu Province Woman Illegally Tried

October 07, 2016 | By a Minghui correspondent in Gansu Province, China

(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Duan Xiaoyan was illegally tried in the Qingcheng County Court in Qingyang City, Gansu Province on August 16, 2016, even though she was in poor health and paralyzed from the waist down due to previous torture.

Many police officers were present on the day of the trial. More than a dozen domestic security agents were allowed in the courtroom, but only two of Ms. Duan’s family members were allowed to attend the hearing.

Mr. Wang Haijun who is Ms. Duan’s lawyer, questioned the judge about why he and Ms. Duan were not notified of the trial at least three days in advance, as required by the law, but the judge refused to answer.

The judge repeatedly interrupted the lawyer throughout the trial and refused to speak Mandarin Chinese, making it difficult for the lawyer to understand him. The judge also criticized Ms. Duan when she spoke.

Mr. Wang then requested the judge to recuse himself from the trial for denying Ms. Duan her legal rights. The court adjourned for about 30 minutes, but rejected the lawyer’s request.

Lawyer Harassed

Personnel from the Gansu Province Political Directory and the “610 Office” tried to pressure Mr. Wang to drop his defense of Ms. Duan and threatened him, telling him not to mention anything about her spiritual belief during the trial.

Background

Ms. Duan, 46, had filed criminal complaints in June 2015 against Jiang Zemin, the former Chinese Communist dictator who had instigated the persecution against Falun Gong in 1999. She and other practitioners were then arrested in July 2015 by agents from the Xian City Political Directory, the “610 Office,” the Gaoxin District Police Department and the Changan District Police Department.

Ms. Duan detailed the persecution she endured: “In one month, I was shocked four times with electric batons on my head, back and legs. My back and face were covered with burn marks, yellow fluid oozed out from the blisters, I felt numb all over and my limbs were weak. I had difficulty walking and sometimes could not stand up.”

Before the 2015 arrest, Ms. Duan had been arrested and held in forced labor camps many times because of her belief in Falun Gong. She was sentenced to seven years in Qinghai Women’s Prison, where she was severely tortured, including being shocked with electric batons. She became paralyzed from the waist down as a result.

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More Arrested for Filing Lawsuits Against Former Chinese Dictator Jiang Zemin

March 28, 2016 | By a Falun Dafa practitioner in China

(Minghui.org) Three Falun Gong practitioners from Jingtai were arrested in recent months after filing lawsuits against former Chinese dictator Jiang Zemin. The lawsuits charge Jiang with launching the persecution of Falun Gong.

One of the practitioners has already been tried. Trials for the other two have been scheduled.

Court Refuses to Allow Family-Hired Lawyer to Represent His Client

Mr. Wang Yichao was arrested on August 27, 2015, and tried without his family’s knowledge on December 18. The court declined to accept the lawyer hired by Mr. Wang’s family and appointed one for him instead.

Despite the lawyer’s repeated protests, the local court refused to grant him access or allow him to be involved in the case. Consequently, Mr. Wang’s family has no clue how things are shaping up for him.

Court Orders Family to Hire Own Lawyer

Ms. Wang Lianzhen was arrested on October 14, 2015, and is now facing trial. The court has ordered her family to hire a local lawyer for her.

Tried for Filing Lawsuit Against Jiang Zemin

Mr. Yu Youzhen was arrested on January 26, 2016, along with his wife and two grandsons, who were later released. Mr. Yu is now facing trial and is forbidden from using out-of-town lawyers. The police threatened to arrest his two grandchildren again if Mr. Yu refuses to hire a local lawyer.

Mr. Yu recovered from his health problems after he began practicing Falun Gong in 1995. He no longer needed to spend large sums of money on his medical care and he also improved his relationships with family and neighbors. For refusing to give up his faith, however, he was repeatedly harassed, threatened, and detained.

He was first arrested in early 2000 and held in a local detention center for one month, during which time he suffered a broken rib in a beating.

Six months later he was arrested again for going to Beijing to appeal for the right to practice Falun Gong. After being kept in a detention center for one year, he was transferred to the Pingantai Forced Labor Camp for a year.

The local authorities ransacked his home in March 2003, but he managed to escape and avoid arrest.

While Mr. Yu lived away from home, the local police extorted money from his wife, who later joined her husband in Baiyin to do odd jobs.

Mr. Yu filed a lawsuit against Jiang Zemin on May 25, 2015, only to be arrested in January this year.

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Six Lanzhou Residents Tried on Same Day for Spreading Information about Falun Gong

November 14, 2015 | By a Minghui correspondent in Gansu Province

(Minghui.org) Six residents in Lanzhou City, Gansu Province were tried on October 20, 2015. All of them were charged with undermining law enforcement by possessing and/or spreading information about Falun Gong.

In each of the separate trials, the respective prosecutors used items seized from the practitioners’ homes as evidence, but none of said objects, including Falun Gong books and materials exposing the persecution of Falun Gong, were ever presented during the court sessions.

The defense lawyers argued that it is their clients’ constitutional right to believe in and disseminate information about their spiritual belief. Moreover, there has never been any law that criminalizes Falun Gong. Therefore, the persecution is illegal from the onset and the seized items undermined no law whatsoever.

The practitioners also testified to the benefits they had gained from practicing Falun Gong and demanded acquittal and unconditional release.

All of the sessions, however, ended with the judges declining to acquit the practitioners. It is not clear what is in store for these practitioners.

Restricted Courtroom Access

While there were three rows of seats in the courtroom, only up to two family members were allowed at each practitioner’s trial. The rest of the seats were filled with people videotaping the family members during the court sessions.

Heavily Guarded Courthouse

There were bailiffs stationed in the courtyard of the courthouse. Outside the building were three vans filled with armed police. There were also plainclothes police patrolling the vicinity of the courthouse.

Two people who were taking a walk nearby had their bags searched. A third person was asked to produce his ID as he passed by the courthouse.

Practitioners Detained

Mr. Lu Yunfei, who was tried by judge Liu Dongyu, remains at Lanzhou City No. 3 Detention Center following his arrest nine months ago.

The other five practitioners, Ms. Tu Yuchun, Ms. Wang Yurong, Ms. Jiao Lili, Ms. Meng Yurong, and Ms. Du Shuzhen, were tried by the same judge Wang Songshuang. Prior to their latest trials, they were once tried jointly back in January of this year. They remain detained at Lanzhou No. 1 Detention Center following their arrest on September 15, 2014.

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