Court Officials Obstruct Attorney’s Defense of a Falun Gong Practitioner

October 30, 2015 | By a Minghui correspondent from Jilin Province, China

(Minghui.org) Ms. Li Xianying was tried for her belief in Falun Gong on October 9, 2015 in Jilin Province. The Yongji County Court prevented her lawyer from attending the trial. In addition, the court notified her family members just one day before the trial of the trial date, in violation of existing Chinese procedural legal requirements.

Ms. Li Xianying was arrested by officers from the Chengnan Police Station, Yongji County Police Department and Yongji County 610 Office on the morning of July 1, 2015. The police ransacked her home.

She was detained at the Jilin City Brainwashing Center and then transferred to the Hongqi Detention Center.

The police did not contact her family on July 8, and when they did it was to extort 200 yuan from them for physical exam fees. They also failed to notify them on approval of the arrest.

Ms. Li’s daughter decided to hire an attorney for her mother on September 29. She notified her mother using express mail. The Yongji County Police Department and the 610 Office heard about it and scheduled the trial at 9:30 a.m. on October 9, but only notified Ms. Li’s family on October 8, one day before the trial. This violated the law that the court should notify the family members three days in advance.

Meanwhile, the court sent two local community staff members to coerce Ms. Li’s daughter into dismissing the attorney.

Ms. Li’s attorney still managed to file all the required documents on time on October 9. However, Judge Ju Wenyao demanded that the attorney have his qualifications verified by the justice bureau.

The justice bureau validated the attorney’s qualifications and notified the judge over the phone. However the judge repeatedly asked the same questions about the validation in order to trap the attorney at the justice bureau and delay his attending the trial.

Finally the phone conversation was over and the attorney went back to the court. However, he could not find judge Ju Wenyao, and the judge refused to answer his phone. Court officials told the attorney that the trial was already over.

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66 Falun Gong Practitioners from Changchun, Jilin Province Sue Jiang Zemin in Four Month Period

October 13, 2015 | By a Minghui correspondent in Jilin Province, China

(Minghui.org) A total of 66 Falun Gong practitioners from Changchun City, Jilin Province have filed criminal complaints against Jiang Zemin between late May and September 27, 2015, according to reports compiled by the Minghui website.

The practitioners charge the former Chinese dictator with initiating the brutal suppression of Falun Gong and hold him responsible for the tremendous suffering inflicted upon them by his campaign. The criminal complaints were mailed to the Supreme People’s Court and Supreme People’s Procuratorate.

Many of these practitioners recounted how Falun Gong returned them to health and gave them a new outlook on life. Their dream to live a healthier and happier life, however, was shattered when Jiang Zemin launched a nationwide campaign to eradicate the practice in 1999.

Simply for refusing to give up their belief, they were arrested, detained, tortured, and had their homes ransacked and personal belongings seized. Many also saw their families implicated for their belief.

Profiles of a Few of the Practitioners

Ms. Lv Guixia (吕桂侠), 42, was arrested three times. She was detained in two detention centers for a total of one year and sentenced to prison twice for a total of seven-and-a-half years. Ms. Lv was tortured. She had to stand upright for long hours, sit on a small stool, and was forced to undergo brainwashing. She was isolated for more than one year because of a tuberculosis infection.

Ms. Lv’s parents and older brother, who also practice Falun Gong, were imprisoned in June 2004. Her father died from torture that he suffered in the prison two months after he was granted medical parole. Her mother died because of worry over Ms. Lv’s deteriorating health. Ms. Lv was not allowed to attend her mother’s funeral.

Mr. Jiang Xiuyu (姜秀玉), in his 40s, was sentenced four times to forced labor, for a total of six-and-one-half years. The perpetrators in the persecution extorted money and his home was ransacked several times. In the labor camp, he was shocked with electric batons and after he went on a hunger strike he was brutally forced fed. After his arrest in 2010, His family was denied visitation rights and his son was harassed at his workplace.

Mr. Sun Xiaoyu (孙肖雨), 29, was arrested and handcuffed on May 23, 2002 when he was just 16 years old. In the detention center, he was confined to a solitary cell for three months. Then, he was given two years of forced labor.

Ms. Wang Shuqin (王淑芹), 64, was arrested a total of four times and her home ransacked. She was forced to pay for food while she was held in the detention center. She was sentenced to one year of forced labor in March 2002.

Mr. Jia Shenglin (贾生林), 42, was fired from his workplace in 2000 because he practiced Falun Gong. He was sentenced to two years of forced labor, where he was tortured. The torture he suffered included beatings, sleep deprivation, and sitting on a small stool for a long time.

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

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Changchun Engineering College Faculty Member Sues Jiang Zemin

September 03, 2015 | By a Minghui correspondent from Jilin Province, China

(Minghui.org) Dr. Zou Xiangyang from Changchun Engineering College has filed a complaint against former dictator Jiang Zemin for initiating the persecution of Falun Gong. Dr. Zou has been arrested, sentenced, and harassed many times over the past 16 years, just for practicing Falun Gong.

Dr. Zou used to suffer from many ailments before he took up Falun Gong, such as genetic heart disease and chronic anxiety. With his poor health, he even had to suspend his studies for his doctorate degree. However, he regained his health just one month after he started to practice Falun Gong and subsequently finished his degree.

Given Three Years of Forced Labor for Appealing for Falun Gong

Dr. Zou went to Beijing to appeal for the right to practice Falun Gong in July 2000. He was arrested and detained for 15 days.

In his complaint letter, Dr. Zhou wrote: “I was arrested again in March 2002 in the middle of giving a lecture. The police blindfolded me and took me to the Jingyuetan Police Department.

“During my detention, I was tied to an iron chair while the police used electric batons to shock me. They slapped me in the face and beat me with a metal rod. They also put a metal bucket over my head from the afternoon till late evening. I was held at the Tiebei Detention Center for a month. Afterwards, I was given three years in the Chaoyanggou Forced Labor Camp.”

Mentally and Physically Tortured in the Labor Camp

In the camp, Dr. Zou was forced to sit on a small stool for a long time each day. In the end, the skin on his buttocks split, and his underwear stuck to his bottom. It was extremely painful when he tried to remove his underwear. Due to the poor conditions, he later got scabies.

The food he ate sometimes had gone bad and smelled rotten. The rice and flour they were given was old and stale.

“I was forced to do some hard labor in the camp. I had to dig the ground in the spring and pick corn in the autumn. We had to process the corn in the winter, and in our spare time we did building work and made paper bags,” Dr. Zou added.

“The mental torture was the worst. I was forced to watch videos and read an array of materials that slandered Falun Gong. We were also forced to write a ‘thought report’ once a month. This ‘thought report’ had to meet their standard, otherwise we would be tortured more severely. I was forced to sit on the concrete floor and was deprived of sleep for not writing the report they wanted.

“In the evening of April 7, 2004, guard Wang Kai directed criminal inmates to beat and threaten all the practitioners and keep them from sleeping because they didn’t sign their names on the report.”

In September 2003, Dr. Zou’s wife and son were told to go to the camp. The guards pressured his wife to divorce him in an attempt to pressure him into renouncing his belief.

Dr. Zou’s health deteriorated as a result of the severe persecution. He lost nearly 40 pounds and developed both tuberculosis and pneumonia. He had difficulty walking and was released on medical parole on May 25, 2004.

A Second Forced Labor Term

Dr. Zou was arrested again at home on April 24, 2007, and the police ransacked the place. The book Zhuan Falun, two electronic books, an MP3 player, and a computer were confiscated. After a month in detention, he was again assigned to a year in a forced labor camp.

The Family Suffers

Dr. Zou wrote about his family’s suffering in his complaint:

“My arrests and years in forced labor camps took a toll on my mother. She died in October 2002 as a result of pressure from the authorities and stress over my situation.

After she died, my wife went to the labor camp and asked if I could attend my mother’s funeral. The guards used this as an attempt to blackmail me into giving up my belief, but I refused. After two hours at an impasse, I was allowed to go to my mother’s funeral.

During the past 16 years, I have been harassed countless times. My wife and son have suffered a lot of harassment as well. They were not told where I would be detained after I was arrested, so my wife had to scour all the local police stations, police departments, detention centers, labor camps, and brainwashing centers to find for me. She was frightened and depressed and suffered great financial losses. She had to bring our son up on her own.

My son also suffered when he was growing up. I wasn’t there to look after him or be with him. Other children have their parents take care of them or spend time with them having fun. But my son didn’t have that.

One Chinese New Year, some children set off fireworks with their father, but my son just stood there alone and looked at them.

He was bullied and discriminated against at school and developed bad behavior as a result. He has a bad temper and doesn’t like to study.”

Financial Loss

Dr. Zou was due to be promoted to be an associate professor in October 2000 but was passed over because he refused to give up his belief in Falun Gong. He was also removed from his position of lecturer and made to work in a laboratory.

His monthly salary was 500 yuan lower compared to that of an associate professor. Over the past 16 years, he has lost nearly 180,000 yuan in income.

His wages were stopped during his detention in the camp, adding up to a total loss of 108,000 yuan in wages.

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Category: Prosecuting Jiang Zemin