Three Chinese Court Cases Highlight the Unlawful Nature of the Persecution of Falun Gong

July 25, 2016 | By You Ran

( During the 17-year-long persecution of Falun Gong in China, many practitioners in Tianjin, Beijing’s largest nearby neighbor, have been arrested for their belief. Below are three cases from earlier this year illustrating how innocent practitioners are arrested, detained, and tried for no reason.

Technical Expert Imprisoned for Belief

Li Wen had the highest GPA in his class when he graduated from the renowned Tsinghua University with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1991. He was employed as a lead engineer at a factory that manufacturers glass products and television parts. He holds a number of patents and has garnered many awards from his company.

Mr. Li and his wife were arrested in July 2001 for practicing Falun Gong. He was sentenced to seven years imprisonment and held in Tianjin Prison. The management at his company sought his release, but officials rejected their requests. Company representatives were forced to visit Mr. Li in prison to get technical assistance.

In July 2015, Mr. Li was again arrested, this time while at home. He was put on trial in Hexi District Court on March 28, and his attorney Yu Wensheng pleaded not guilty, “At least 100 lawyers, in more than 1000 court trials, have pointed out the suppression of Falun Gong had no legal basis. Article 300 of Chinese Criminal Law has been abused to frame Falun Gong practitioners,” the lawyer said during the trial. The lawyer said he was attempting to not only to safeguard Falun Gong practitioners’ basic rights, but to also to stop law enforcement officials’ unlawful actions.

Defense Attorney Detained

Ninghe County Court held a trial against Mo Weiqiu in December 2015, and her husband Li Guangyuan chose to defend her. But the judge did not allow Mr. Li speak, other than answering yes or no when the judge asked questions. The trial lasted half an hour. Mr. Li asked the judge it would be impossible for the five computers found in Ms. Mo’s home to be presented as material evidence, but the court dismissed his request and said Ms. Mo would be sentenced to three to six years.

The judge asked Ms. Mo’s daughter and other relatives to leave the courtroom, and then had Mr. Li arrested. Police confiscated 7,000 yuan that he was carrying on him, and after being detained for 29 days he was forced to pay a fine.

False Testimony from Anonymous Witnesses

Two other practitioners, Chen Yuanhua and Yang Fujing, were on trial on January 26, 2016, when the chief judge asked them if they had distributed Falun Gong materials and if they were guilty. Both women said they were not distributing Falun Gong materials when they were arrested, and that they did not commit any crime. The women told the judges that freedom of belief is protected by the Chinese Constitution.

The prosecutor said three village residents were walking on the street after 1am on August 27 last year when they saw Ms. Chen and Ms. Yang distributing Falun Gong materials. The defense attorney refuted this claim, because his clients were arrested the evening of August 26 and already in custody at the time. He requested the three witnesses present their testimony in the court room and that the prosecutor present some material evidence. But both requests were rejected by the judge.

Ms. Chen and Ms. Yang were sentenced to 4 and 3 ½ years imprisonment, respectively.

Ninghe Court sentenced Ms. Mo to 4 ½ years imprisonment on April 27.

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Category: Accounts of Persecution

Tianjin Factory Director Arrested Again After 7 Years Imprisonment

October 21, 2015 | By a Minghui correspondent from Tianjin City, China

( Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Li Wen was arrested at his home in Tianjin City on July 30, 2015. The officers also ransacked his home.

The arrest was approved by the area’s authorities. His family members have hired an attorney and told him to plead not guilty on behalf of his client. Mr. Li is held inthe Hexi District Detention Center.

Arrested and Sentenced in 2001

Mr. Li Wen and his wife were illegally arrested in July 2001 for practicing Falun Gong, and Mr. Li was sentenced to seven years imprisonment.

He was tortured in the Tianjin City Prison. He was forced to sit on a small stool, which was about one inch wide, one inch high, and four to five inches long. His hips were injured after a few days on the small stool.

From the long term torture, he came down with pleurisy, an inflammation of the lining surrounding the lungs. He was also given medication that damaged his liver.

His prison term ended in August 2008, and he went back to the factory to work. Although his body was battered and beaten, he still managed to work hard and diligently in his everyday job.

Life Before the Persecution

Mr. Li Wen, 48, started to practice Falun Gong in 1998. He graduated from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Tsinghua University in 1991 at the top of his class. He accepted a position at the Tianjin Bulb Plant after graduating.

He excelled in his work and was rewarded many times for technological innovations at the national level. He was considered the top technical expert in his workplace and was promoted to director in the first half of 2001.

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Fourteen Tianjin Falun Gong Practitioners Arrested for Suing Jiang Zemin in August

September 20, 2015 | By a Minghui correspondent from Tianjin

( Local police arrested 14 Falun Gong practitioners from the Xiqing District of Tianjin City during August 2015, for suing Jiang Zemin. The police ransacked the homes of eight practitioners, forced one to agree in writing not to sue Jiang, and threatened family members of one that they would detain their practitioner family member.

Arrested and Detained on August 6 and 7

Mr. Wang Yuhe was arrested on August 6 by officers from the Zhendong Police Station of Yangliuqing County. He is being held in the Xiqing Detention Center.

Ms. Pan Huifeng mailed her criminal complaint against Ziang on July 17, but it was held by the local post office. She told the post office staff twice the facts about Falun Gong, and was reported to the police. Officers from the Zhongbeizhen Police Station arrested her and ransacked her home on August 7. Ms. Pan is being held in the Xiqing Detention Center.

Arrest, Attempted Arrest, and Confiscation on August 19

Police broke into Ms. Yang Yanhua’s house on August 19, and confiscated her computer, cell phone, and other belongings. Ms. Yang was not home at the time, and cannot return to her home because of a probable arrest.

Mr. Gao Xuewen’s home was broken into by officers from the Houtaicun Police Station. Mr. Gao was not home at the time. The police questioned his family and video recorded every corner of the house on August 19.

The same police officers broke into his house again in the afternoon, with a search and detention warrant, but the officers refused to show the warrants. Mr. Gao was arrested and his family members were ordered to sign the “criminal detention form.”

Arrests, Attempted Arrests, Confiscations, and Detention on August 20

Ms. Zhang Lihua, 60, was questioned by the director and two policemen from the Xiyingmen Police Station on August 19. She was asked if she had filed complaints against Jiang and if she would continue to practice Falun Gong. She was arrested, her house ransacked and personal belongings confiscated on August 20. Ms. Zhang did not answer any questions. Her family was not allowed to see her at the police station. She was transferred to the Yangliuqing Detention Center on August 21.

Mr. Guo Jianzhong had his home broken into by officers from the Zhendong Police Station of Yangliuqing County, who tried to arrest him but failed. The police ransacked the home and confiscated his computer, printer, and other belongings on August 20. The police shouted that he would be punished for filing a lawsuit against Jiang.

Mr. Zhu Changjin was arrested and taken to the Liqizhuang Police Station on August 20. She was threatened by two police station officials, and forced to agree in writing that she would not sue Jiang.

Officers from the Xiyingmen Police Station broke into Ms. Yuan Mingzhen’s home and arrested her on August 20. Her house was ransacked and her Falun Gong books and other items were confiscated. The police demanded that she provide the names and addresses of other practitioners who joined her suing Jiang.

Mr. Zhang Zhishan and another elderly woman Falun Gong practitioner who lives in the same community were arrested by officers from the Xiyingmen Police Station on August 20. They were transferred to the Yangliuqing Detention Center the next day. Mr. Zhang’s mother and his wife went to the police station. Police threatened that he would be held for 30 days, or might be sentenced to prison, for refusing to renounce Falun Gong. The homes of bBoth practitioners were ransacked, and personal belongings were confiscated.

Four Arrests and Detentions Between August 21 and 31

Mr. Hanzhijin was arrested by officers from the Zhendong Police Station of Yangliuqing County on August 21. His computer and Falun Gong books were confiscated. Mr. Han is being detained at the Xiqing Detention Center.

Ms. Zhang Hongyan and Ms. Wang Rufang were arrested by officers from the Xinkouzhen Police Station on August 24.

Ms. Gong Yulan was arrested by officers from the Zhendong Police Station of Yangliuqing County, who ransacked her home on August 31. It is not known what was confiscated.

Over 176,000 practitioners and their family members from inside and outside of China have mailed their criminal complaints to the Supreme People’s Court and Supreme People’s Procuratorate in Beijing, PRC as of September 12, according to the Minghui website. Despite efforts to block delivery of the letters, more than 100,000 complaints arrived at their destination.

Participants in the Persecution of the 14 practitioners:
Tianjin Xiqing Police Substation: +86-22-27396872
Dong Jingchuan (董景川), Xiqing District Party head of the Political and Legal Affairs Committee: +86-22-23737588
Yangliuqing Detention Center: +86-22-27917177
Xiyingmenjie Police Station: +86-22-27796309
Police officer with the surname Qi: +86-22-27796390, registration number 380845
Wang Ping (汪平), director of the Zhendong Police Station: +86-13752359735

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Category: Prosecuting Jiang Zemin