Update on the Status of Falun Dafa Practitioners Arrested in Xiamen in December 2004
(Clearwisdom.net) On December 27, 2004, after 9 p.m., under the direction of the Xiamen 610 Office, police department chiefs of the Huli area, Siming area, Xiang'an area and other districts led several hundred policemen in groups of seven to carry out a frenetic raid of several dozen Falun Dafa practitioners' homes all over the city. They illegally confiscated computers, printers, CD burners, Dafa books and truth-clarification materials and illegally arrested the practitioners. Some practitioners suffered injuries during the arrests. Ms. Chen Xiuchong, who was in her 60's, died at her home that very evening as a result of the police action. The raid lasted three days. These illegal arrests were the most severe in the city since Jiang Zemin's regime started to persecute Falun Gong in 1999.
Imprisoned Falun Dafa practitioners included Ms. Ye Mi (about 40 years old, Xiamen University Fine Arts Department lecturer), Mr. Wu Shengxian (in his 20's, a graduate from the Xiamen University Automation Department), Mr. Chen Ronghui (in his 30's), Ms. Yu Aihua (about 50 years old), and Ms. Chen Caizhi (in her 40's).
The court illegally sentenced Yu Aihua to four years in prison earlier this year without informing her family members. Ms. Yu appealed, and later her sentence was changed to three and a half years. Recently it was learned that she was transferred to the Fuzhou Women's Prison from the detention center. The entire process was carried out illegally and secretly. Ms. Yu's family members were told all of this only after they called the detention center.
Ye Mi was put on an illegal trial in mid-June, and her family members told some of her colleagues from the university about this news. The teachers from the university broke through obstruction from the authorities to attend the hearing to support her. The defense attorney put in an innocent plea for Ms. Ye. The court could not produce any effective evidence and had to close the trial hastily. The Xiamen University teachers who attended the hearing jointly wrote a letter to the Provincial Education Committee to appeal on behalf of Ms. Ye and requested her release. However, the court falsely charged Ms. Ye with accepting economic aid from overseas, when in fact those were legitimate earnings from the sale of her paintings there. The court declared the nature of her case to be serious and not suitable for reaching a verdict, and said they may need to hand it over to a higher level.
Wu Shengxian and Chen Ronghui are still being secretly imprisoned; details await further investigation.
Chen Caizhi was released on bail while awaiting trial at the beginning of this year.