Family Members and Supporters Blocked from Court Hearing

October 10, 2016 | By a Minghui correspondent in Guangdong Province

(Minghui.org) Over a hundred police officers and armed police were stationed outside the gate of the temporary courtroom on September 13, 2016. Everyone who wished to attend the hearing was blocked from entering the Maoming Number One Detention Center, except for two members of each defendant’s family.

Meanwhile, the judicial authorities of Maoming City, Guangdong Province held a court hearing for four Falun Gong practitioners.

The practitioners—Mr. Ke Zhengji, Ms. Xie Yilan, Mr. Mai Zhizhong, and Ms. Li Suming—were arrested on November 19 last year. They have been detained at the detention center ever since.

This was the first hearing for all of them. The authorities decided to hold it at the detention center’s courtroom instead of the normal courtroom.

Judge Repeatedly Cuts off Defense Attorneys’ Statements

The hearing started at 9 a.m., and even before attorneys for Mr. Ke and Ms. Xie could enter a not guilty plea, Judge Li Zhiqiang repeatedly interrupted them.

Wen Donghai, Ms. Ke’s attorney, then stated, “The judge’s statements are prejudicial to the defendants. We ask that the judge remove himself from the case.”

The hearing adjourned for five minutes. After it resumed, the judge stopped cutting off the defense attorneys when they spoke.

The defense attorneys argued that China’s constitution protects a citizen’s freedom to hold his or her own belief and religion, and that there is no law in China that defines Falun Gong as illegal. The practice of Falun Gong is not a crime, the attorney contended, but rather, the persecution of Falun Gong by Jiang Zemin and his followers is a crime.

The hearing lasted eight and a half hours.

Authorities Keep Family Members from Attending the Hearing

The Maonan District Court of Maoming City notified the families of Mr. Ke and Ms. Xie on September 8 to apply for permission to attend the hearing.

When the families came to the court, the staff told them that only two members of each family were allowed to attend the hearing.

Ms. Xie’s husband said, “We have three sons and three daughters-in-law. Why would you only let two people in?”

Prior to the hearing, the Maoming City 610 Office requested each street residential committee to monitor Falun Gong practitioners in their area and to make sure that they would not attend the hearing.

Police visited practitioner Mr. Zhu Shixiong at his store on September 11. Mr. Zhu said that he was busy and left.

That same day, several people went to practitioner Ms. Chen Yuping’s home. She was not at home.

Ms. Tao Yonghong was harassed at home by about twenty people from her residential committee on September 12. An officer from the local police station then came. They took her to the police station and detained her for the whole night. The president of her residential committee personally stayed with her overnight.

Ms. Tao tried to go home the next morning. Her residential committee president called four police officers to lock her in a room. She was not released until 3 p.m.

Nearly 100 police officers and armed police gathered in front of the gate of the detention center on the morning of the hearing. Over a dozen cars were parked on both sides of the street, leaving only a narrow lane for cars to pass. Inside the gate of the detention center, 20 to 30 vehicles were parked.

Several Falun Gong practitioners arrived at the detention center and attempted to enter the hearing room, but were blocked outside. Plainclothes police used their mobile phones to take pictures of practitioners, surrounded each practitioner and ordered them to leave the premises.

A practitioner said, “I am here to support my friends, but you won’t allow me to sit in for the court hearing. Why are you holding the hearing at the detention center instead of the district court? What are you afraid of? You brought so many of your people here. Why can’t we stand here?”

The plainclothes police also asked practitioners to show ID’s. One practitioner said, “Before I comply with your demand, I’d like to know who you are and where you work.” The police would not identify themselves.

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Woman Arrested for Practicing Falun Gong, a Practice that Cured Her Cancer

September 03, 2016 | By a Minghui correspondent in Guangdong Province, China

(Minghui.org) A woman from Maoming City lost 33 lbs undergoing chemotherapy to treat her uterine cancer. Her health continued to deteriorate after the therapy and further treatments were emptying her bank account. Close to death, she came across Falun Gong. Only a month into the practice, she became healthy and energetic. Her medical checkup showed that her cancer was in remission.

To share her joy of recovering from terminal cancer and wanting others to also benefit from it, Ms. Luo Yue’e began to tell others about Falun Gong, and why the persecution is wrong. The local police arrested her, along with three other practitioners on July 28, 2016.

Ms. Luo’s family members went to the police station with her medical files, showing the police why she practiced and how she was given a second life through the practice. Ms. Luo and the other three practitioners were released the same day.

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Judge Upholds Prison Sentence of Doctor for Practicing Falun Gong

July 26, 2016 | By a Minghui correspondent from Guangdong Province, China

(Minghui.org) Dr. Wu Zhiqi, a doctor from Maoming, Guangdong Province, appealed his three-year-and-three-month prison sentence for his spiritual belief in Falun Gong, given by the Dianbai District Court. Two months later, his lawyer received a phone call from the first instance court, that the higher court had made a decision about his appeal.

The lawyer and Dr. Wu’s family were asked to come to the court on the morning of June 29, 2016.

As soon as Dr. Wu’s family and his lawyer entered the courtroom in Dianbai Court on June 29, Lin Ming, the judge who sentenced Dr. Wu, approached and told them that his sentence had been upheld. He asked Dr. Wu’s wife to sign the verdict, but she refused.

The judge said to them: “Whether you sign it or not, the decision takes effect immediately.”

He left the paper with Dr. Wu’s wife and walked out.

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Dr. Wu Zhiqi before he was arrested

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Dr. Wu at Dianbai No.1 Detention Center in Maoming City on June 30, 2016

Secret Trial

Dr. Wu was arrested on November 19, 2015 and had been detained at the Dianbai No. 1 Detention Center since then.

The Dianbai District Court held the first hearing of Dr. Wu on April 7, 2016. His defense lawyer, Mr. Zhang Zanning, was barred from entering the courtroom, and judge Lin appointed two lawyers for him without his consent. The judge didn’t announce a verdict at the end of the hearing.

On April 28, 2016, judge Lin notified Dr. Wu’s wife and daughter to come to the court, without telling them why.

While they were talking to the judge, the wife noticed a police car arriving at the court, with Dr. Wu sitting inside. She and her daughter followed as Dr. Wu was led into the court.

They were shocked by what unfolded. Judge Lin conducted a closed trial of Dr. Wu and sentenced him to three years and three months. The entire trial lasted less than 30 minutes.

Judge and Detention Center Attempted to Obstruct Family Visitation

After Dr. Wu’s family and his lawyer received the court order of upholding his sentence on June 29, they went to the detention center to meet with him.

The guard who received them said that they had to acquire permission from judge Lin in order to meet with Dr. Wu.

Once they contacted Lin, he demanded that Dr. Wu’s family show their residential registration record before they were allowed to visit him.

Dr. Wu’s wife had to go back home to get it.

After they returned to the detention center, the guard said that only people listed on the residential registration record were allowed to see him. However, as his children had grown up and moved out, they weren’t on the record anymore.

The guard insisted that he was following the rules and that only those on the record, which only contained Dr. Wu’s wife, were allowed to see him.

Dr. Wu’s lawyer argued with him, saying that he had never heard of such a regulation regarding family visitation.

“That’s the rule we have here,” the guard answered.

“Are my client’s children not his children just because they aren’t on his residential registration record?” the lawyer asked. He called the police department in Beijing and was about to file a complaint against the detention center for unreasonably obstructing his client’s family visitation.

With help from the lawyer, the detention center finally allowed Dr. Wu’s daughter and sister to meet with him.

According to Dr. Wu’s family, he had lost nearly 30 pounds during his detention there. He looked anxious and distressed. His family is really worried about him.

Related reports:
Guangdong Doctor Sentenced for Practicing Falun Gong
Supposedly Public Trial Closed to Defense Lawyer and Supporters of Wrongfully Accused Falun Gong Practitioner
Maoming City: Four Falun Gong Practitioners’ Homes Raided, Ten Arrested

Perpetrators’ contact information:

Huang Fu (黄甫), president of Dianbai Court: +86-668-5516598, +86-668-5116333, +86-13902548033
Lin Ming (林明), presiding judge: +86-668-5526017, +86-13592958900
Chen Xiaofeng (陈晓峰), prosecutor of Dr. Wu’s case at Dianbai Procuratorate: +86-668-5522811
Zhu Guanheng (朱冠恒), president of Dianbai Procuratorate: +86-13927559966

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Category: Accounts of Persecution