Third Appeal Letter Requesting Legal Assistance from Ms. Wang Bo's Grandmother
My daughter Liu Shuqin, son-in-law Wang Xinzhong and their daughter Wang Bo were arrested, beaten and taken to forced labor camps many times for refusing to renounce the practice of Falun Gong. They are firm in their belief in Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance.
Liu Shuqin lost control of her bowels due to torture, and it took her quite some time to recover after returning home. Wang Xinzhong's eyes were bloodshot and he could not move his back because of the beating. Even young Wang Bo was sentenced to three years of forced labor and finished college under close police supervision. Meanwhile, the police continued to harass them after they returned home. The family saw no other alternative but to go into hiding in the Northeast.
They still had no reprieve. They were arrested again on July 27, 2006. So far, they have been detained for over four months. They were subjected to a court trial and were told that a sentence would be handed down soon. To our dismay, it is impossible to find a lawyer who would ask for a non-guilty verdict when representing Falun Gong practitioners.
We have heard that attorney Gao Zhisheng of Beijing, who holds up justice, has been arrested by police because he represented practitioners. We also understand that his wife and children are being monitored by police. I am almost 90 years old, yet I have not seen or heard of such injustice and unreasonableness. I hereby appeal that more lawyers stand up and defend justice, resist the evil, and help my daughter's family!
We were not notified of their arrest, and we tried in vain to get information regarding their whereabouts and if their lives were in danger. Some kind-hearted people told us that the entire proceedings and detention are kept in secret.
When the news could no longer be hidden from us, the police told us lies. They claimed that my family members would be released after over 20 days of "re-education" in a brainwashing center. They claimed that they would be bailed out by their employers. The police assured us that we could expect them home soon.
Then, out of the blue, we received a phone call asking us to bring clothes to the detention center. They were detained a long time ago. We have yet to receive any official notification. Meanwhile we heard rumors that Wang Bo and her mother were in poor health because of a hunger strike. Then we heard that Wang Xinzhong was hospitalized for emergency treatment. We also heard that Wang Bo was injected with sleep inducing drugs in order to give her intravenous injections more easily. My granddaughter was already suffering a great deal mentally for several years when police kept her under surveillance. We worry that she might become mentally disoriented from the sleep inducing injections. Isn't this ruining my granddaughter?
Finally we received more reliable information after hearing all kinds of rumors. My family's cases were transferred to the Chang'an District Court. We hurried there and found out from the bulletin board that the trial would be held within three days. We attempted to hire an attorney, but as soon as they heard that it meant representing Falun Gong practitioners, nobody wanted to take the cases.
The trial was held as scheduled, without a defense lawyer. Wang Bo and her mother looked very thin, and Wang Xinzhong looked even worse. He required help just to stand up.
The judge said that several thousand truth-clarifying fliers were confiscated when their home was ransacked, and therefore they would receive a heavy sentence. We heard informally that the sentence for someone who had less than 1,000 such fliers would be between three and seven years. Tell me, how long would someone be sentenced if he was found with several thousand fliers? My daughter and her family are well known as good people, how can they sentence good people and send them to prison?
All kinds of fliers and brochures are handed out on the street. We often receive those. A lot of them are for healing and fake medicines, but no one takes those people to court. Meanwhile, practitioners who live by the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance receive guilty verdicts, and they are arrested, beaten and detained. To our horror, we also heard that some practitioners had their organs removed while they were still alive. How come it is against the law to appeal against wrongdoings by handing out fliers?
If there were no persecution of Falun Gong, there would not be any printing or distribution of fliers. Before 1999, no one heard of practitioners sending out fliers. Isn't the harassment, arrest and torture of practitioners by police the reason why fliers are printed? Aren't they speaking out against the injustice? They have no other way out but to print fliers and appeal everywhere.
No lawyer will represent Falun Gong practitioners. Over 40,000 yuan were confiscated from us, and no family visits are being allowed. I have no choice but to appeal in a public letter for the rescue of my daughter's family.
The presiding judge at the court promised that we can claim the 41,000 yuan. However, when we asked the judges for our money, they refused with a number of excuses. They claimed that the funds couldn't be returned without my daughter and Wang Bo's signature. Also, my request to visit my daughter was denied. Then, they claimed that the funds are still held by the police who arrested my family members and have not been turned over to the court. The judges have requested the return of the funds but there is no guarantee. They asked us to claim the money. Then we also heard that the cost for the judges would run to more than 10,000 yuan. I'm truly confused by how this could be happening. Can the courts ruling be ignored by its own members, and if so, how can anyone believe in this justice system?
I hope that people will step forward to help my daughter's family as soon as possible!
Grandmother of Wang Bo: Han Lingrong 86-311-88963656
Contact information of those responsible for the persecution:
The 2nd Detention Center of Shijiazhuang: 86-311-87782024
Head of the Detention Center: Wang Shuting: 86-311-87755213, 86-13931171888, 86-13781581859
Instructor Zhang Hongqi: 86-311-87755202 (Office)
Deputy Head of the Detention Center: Wang Zhibin: 86-311-87755202 (Office)
Chang'an District Court of Shijiazhuang City, address: # 15 Huailing Road, zip: 050021
Office: 86-311-5814012, 86-311-5815253, 86-311-5814311
Court Presiding Judges: Guo Lianshen and Shi Heping.
The 1st trial court (in charge of the case of Wang Bo's family)
Head of the court Wang Xu (male), deputy head of the court: Judge Yue (female)
Deputy head of the court: Zhang Mingli
Judges: Li Yuhai and Li Bowen
610 office of Hebei Province: 86-311-87906057
Deputy director: Wang Yongzhi (in charge of persecution of Falun Gong): 86-311-7908681 (Office), 86-311-7906766 (Home); 86-13931110731 (Cell)
Director Zhang Guojun: 86-311-7906310(Office); 86-311-7906898(Home);
Deputy director Ji Tingyu: 86-311-7908895(Office), 86-311-7906889(Home);
Procurator Court of Hebei Province, chief procurator: Hou Lei
Dept. of Law and Discipline: 86-311-3022417,
Dept. of Monitoring: 86-311-3022410,
Public Security Bureau of Shijiazhuang City:
Li Xingshang (involved in the arrest of Wan Bo's family and refuses to return over 40,000 yuan)
November 30, 2006