Court in Shunyi, Beijing, Sentences Ms. Niu Shoulan to Three Years in Prison Based on Fabricated Evidence
Ms. Niu Shoulan is a 61-year-old practitioner from Taiping Village, Shunyi District, Beijing. After receiving a false tip that Ms. Niu Shoulan distributed Falun Gong truth-clarification materials and practiced Falun Gong exercises in public with her non-practitioner younger sister and nephew, the Procuratorate and the people's court in Shunyi, Beijing, threatened to throw Ms. Niu's nephew into a forced labor camp. As a result, he wrote a statement with fabricated information, which they used as legal evidence to sentence Ms. Niu to three years in prison. The following is the truth about the false allegations.
Ms. Niu Shoulan's younger sister and nephew are not Falun Gong practitioners. In October 2004, Ms. Niu Shoulan, her sister, and her nephew went to relocate her mother's grave, but Mr. Shao Zhenhai, a security officer in Nanquan Village, reported to the police that he had witnessed them distributing Falun Gong truth-clarification materials and practicing Falun Gong exercises together. Nanfaxin Police Station, the nearest precinct to the cemetery, sent out several police cars to arrest Ms. Niu, her sister and her nephew and take them back to the police station for interrogation. Officers from the Renhe Police Station in Ms. Niu's area of residence illegally ransacked her home and confiscated several audiocassettes and VCDs. As for her sister, Fengbo Police Station in her precinct sent out officers to illegally search her home, confiscate her telephone book and take her non-practitioner husband into custody.
Ms. Niu refused to acknowledge all the false accusations and was released that same day. But a year later, Ms. Niu received a court summons from the Shunyi Procuratorate. It turned out that when the Shunyi Procuratorate originally failed to obtain any evidence for prosecution, they threatened Ms. Niu's nephew, "If you refuse to say your aunt distributed Falun Gong materials in writing, we will sentence you to serve time in the forced labor camp." Her nephew gave in to the threat and fabricated lies to avoid persecution. Normally Ms. Niu's son and daughter-in-law, who do not practice Falun Gong, treated Ms. Niu with filial piety, but they gave in to the Procuratorate's repeated telephone threats and brought Ms. Niu to the Procuratorate. In addition, they pressured her son and daughter-in-law to make her admit that the fabricated evidence was true. They said, "Her attitude is not good. We have to sentence her to two years in prison."
In November 2005, Ms. Jiang Jiayu from Shunyi People's Court summoned Ms. Niu Shoulan to appear in court. Ms. Jiang presented a statement written by her younger sister and called it a piece of "evidence," but Ms. Niu's sister had no knowledge of it. On December 21, 2005, Jiang Jiayu violated the law and sentenced Ms. Niu to three years in prison based on the fabricated evidence. Ms. Niu was then transferred to Nihe Detention Center in Shunyi for illegal detention.
Ms. Niu Shoulan's husband has been diagnosed with cancer and admitted to the hospital. Ms. Niu's son has been subjected to threats and pressure from these law enforcement officers for a long time. He tried to appease these so-called "public servants" by giving them gifts and fruit, but they continued to harass him. He finally gave in to the pressure and started to reproach and curse his own mother from time to time. Ms. Niu's two grandsons are now too frightened to answer any calls. Ms. Niu's nephew, after being forced to write a false statement about his aunt, is afraid to return home. Ms. Niu's harmonious family is now in turmoil and does not have a moment of peace.
Relevant Telephone Numbers:
Nanquan Village Committee (with Mr. Shao Zhenhai as the security officer):
Shunyi Precinct People's Court's Trial Court (led by Ms. Jiang Jiayu): 86-10-69444395
Shunyi Precinct Procuratorate: 86-10-81496807
Public Complaint: 86-10-81496809, 86-10-81496810, 86-10-81496812