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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Category: Clarifying the Truth

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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Grieving Mother Sues Jiang Zemin for Daughter’s Untimely Death

September 13, 2015 | By a Minghui correspondent from Guangdong Province, China

(Minghui.org) A grieving mother recently filed a lawsuit against Jiang Zemin on the third anniversary of her daughter’s death.

Ms. Yang Huanying from Zhuhai City, Guangdong Province, is suing the former Chinese dictator for launching the persecution of Falun Gong that led to her daughter Ms. Zheng Aixin’s passing at the age of 45.

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Ms. Zheng Aixin

An accomplished artist who was well-known in the local community, Ms. Zheng became a target after she went to Beijing to appeal against the persecution of Falun Gong in 2000. The next three years she was transferred back and forth between a brainwashing center and a labor camp. She wasn’t released until her husband, an award-winning artist, made a public plea for her freedom during an interview.

Upon her release in 2004, Ms. Zheng used her fame and her husband’s as a way to tell visitors to their homes and studios about the persecution of Falun Gong. The couple was placed under around-the-clock police surveillance, and Ms. Zheng was not allowed to travel to hold exhibits or do other things.

Unable to live her artistic life to the fullest, Ms. Zheng felt tremendous mental pressure. The frequent arrests and incarceration of her mother Ms. Yang, also a Falun Gong practitioner, only added to her pain. Her health went downhill by the day. In 2011, a new wave of arrests of local practitioners, many of whom she knew well and saw often, was the last straw. She died the following year.

In her lawsuit, her mother Ms. Yang detailed what Ms. Zheng endured. Ms. Yang also shared her own ordeals during the past 16 years for practicing Falun Gong. She was arrested eight times, sent to forced labor camps twice, tortured at a brainwashing facility six times and had her place ransacked on multiple occasions.

The mother is holding Jiang responsible for her own suffering and her daughter’s premature death.

Painting Skills Advanced Through Practicing Falun Gong

Ms. Zheng was a painter skilled at oil painting and calligraphy. In May 1998, Ms. Zheng followed a friend’s recommendation and began to practice Falun Gong. After reading the book Zhuan Falun she found her purpose in life. Although she did not take up the practice for health reasons, three months later, the rheumatism in her legs simply vanished.

When the persecution began, she stayed with a group of practitioners for a period of time. Every day before beginning to paint, Ms. Zheng did the exercises and read one lecture of Zhuan Falun with them.

She painted flowers initially and then moved on to portraiture. Sometimes she could finish a painting a day. Her skill improved by leaps and bounds. Her works showcased traditional Chinese culture and expressed her unwavering faith in Falun Gong.

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Painting by Ms. Zheng

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Painting by Ms. Zheng

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Another painting by Ms. Zheng. She originally intended to submit this for the International Art Competition hosted by the NTD television station.

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This painting was also planned as a submission to the International Art Competition.

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Painting by Ms. Zheng

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Painting by Ms. Zheng

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Pure Lotus in Muddy Water by Ms. Zheng

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Flower Fairy by Ms. Zheng

Arrests, Strict Surveillance, and Death

However, such good times did not last long. Ms. Zheng was a celebrity and influential person in Zhuhai City, as was her husband. She was arrested in March 2001 and tortured at a brainwashing facility. Soon after she was sent to a forced labor camp for a year.

When she was released from the camp in April 2002, because she refused to give up Falun Gong, authorities transferred her to another brainwashing center. When she still persisted in her belief, she was sent back to the same labor camp for another two years.

Practitioners who were locked up with Ms. Zheng remember her as a beautiful and elegant lady with a gentle temperament. She made a lasting impression on people. Yet this talented artist was humiliated and brutally tortured in prison.

When she would not to give up Falun Gong, she was targeted for severe treatment. She was constantly monitored and deprived of sleep. She was not allowed to bathe. Guards hit her with a high heel shoe. She was kept in solitary confinement.

Her husband won first place in an international creative design competition in 2003 held in Japan. In an interview, he told reporters that his health was deteriorating and he needed his wife back to take care of him. Not long after, Ms. Zheng was released in April 2004, before her term was up.

After her release, the authorities continued to keep a close watch on Ms. Zheng and her husband. The couple could not appear on TV or be reported on in the newspapers. They could not leave the country. Her phone was tapped. She became very depressed.

Her mother was arrested and taken to a labor camp twice from 2005 to 2008. Many Falun Gong practitioners, including some close friends, were arrested in 2011.

Ms. Zheng was under enormous mental stress and fell ill. In 2012, she died from uterine cancer and chronic kidney disease at the age of 45.

Persecution Endured by Her Mother

Ms. Yang Huanying was not spared persecution. She was arrested, imprisoned, and tortured.

She was arrested several times and detained in brainwashing facilities, drug rehabilitation centers, and detention centers, anywhere from two weeks to a year between September 2000 and September 2003.

She was sentenced to 18 months of forced labor in March 2005. She was forced to watch slanderous videos about Falun Gong for five months straight. She was deprived of sleep and forced to stand in the scorching sun for three hours at a time.

A year after her release, Ms. Yang was arrested again and illegally sentenced to another 18 months of forced labor in May 2007. She was watched by criminal drug addicts who swore at her. Guards took turns to try to make her give up Falun Gong.

When she refused to renounce her faith, she was made to stand for long hours. Her legs swelled up and she lost weight until her bones showed. On the verge of death, she could not take care of herself and had to be carried to the toilet.

Ms. Yang returned home in October 2008. She was actively involved in telling people about the persecution. To avoid arrest, she decided to leave home. To make things worse, since 2010, the government has withheld her pension.

She concluded in her complaint letter: “I used to have a happy family – a loving husband and four children who treated me well. I could have spent my old age in the company of five grandchildren. Yet, because I practice Falun Gong, my daughter died and my family was torn apart.”

She wants Jiang Zemin to be punished for his crimes.

Background

In 1999, Jiang Zemin, as head of the Chinese Communist Party, overrode other Politburo standing committee members and launched the violent suppression of Falun Gong.

The persecution has led to the deaths of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners over the past 16 years. More have been tortured for their belief and even killed for their organs. Jiang Zemin is directly responsible for the inception and continuation of the brutal persecution.

Under his personal direction, the Chinese Communist Party established an extralegal security organ, the 610 Office, on June 10, 1999. The organization overrides police forces and the judicial system in carrying out Jiang’s directive regarding Falun Gong: to ruin their reputations, cut off their financial resources, and destroy them physically.

Chinese law now allows for citizens to be plaintiffs in criminal cases, and many practitioners are exercising that right to file criminal complaints against the former dictator.

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Police Release Detained Practitioner Who Stood Up for Her Beliefs

August 30, 2015 | By a Minghui correspondent from Guangdong Province, China

(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Zhang Li from Guangzhou City was recently arrested. After talking to the police about Falun Gong, she was released the next day.

Ms. Zhang and two fellow practitioners were telling people the facts about Falun Gong on August 16, 2015. A student, who had been deceived by the Chinese Communist Party’s propaganda, reported them. Police arrested Ms. Zhang and another practitioner.

Ms. Zhang persistently clarified the truth about Falun Gong to the police and the student.

“My young friend, what you did is not good for you. We follow the principles Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. There is nothing wrong with it,” she said to the student. “If people would keep these three principles in their hearts, there would be no poisonous oil and fake medicines, nor would there be so much corruption.”

She continued, “You asked the police to arrest us. You also harmed them. Jiang Zemin, who launched the persecution of Falun Gong, is being sued by people worldwide. He persecuted my family. He also persecuted you. It’s a heavenly principle that no one can escape punishment for bad deeds.”

Three officers came to the interrogation room. They harassed the two practitioners and handcuffed their hands behind their backs.

An official named Chen entered the interrogation room the next morning.

“Falun Dafa is good! I hope you have a bright future. And I won’t cooperate with you for anything you want,” said Ms. Zhang.

She was taken for a physical examination in the afternoon.

“My left hand was fractured before.” she said. “I will hold you responsible if it fractures again.”

The police took off the handcuff. Her hands were already covered with bruises.

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Bruises and injuries on Ms. Zhang Li’s arm and hand.

“You talked about Falun Gong to three students, and we recorded their report,” said Chen. “You gave them fliers and amulets. You had 54 fliers, 10 copies of the Minghui Weekly, 1 Shen Yun DVD, and 4 amulets. You violated the social safety regulations. Do you want to appeal?”

“I completely reject everything you said,” Ms. Zhang replied. “I’m a Falun Gong disciple who assists her Teacher in saving sentient beings and rectifying the Fa. What we do is the most righteous. Jiang Zemin committed crimes. You are also committing a crime.”

He told her that they could not convince her, but she also could not convince him either. He announced that he would take her for a physical examination since she claimed that she had not become ill after she began practicing Falun Gong. She told him that she had not seen a doctor since she began practicing.

She was released at 11:54 p.m. that same night.

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