(Clearwisdom.net) Falun Gong practitioner Ye Mi from Xiamen City was arrested on December 27, 2004 during a citywide mass arrest of Falun Gong practitioners. So far, she has been illegally detained for more than one year.
On June 9, 2005 during the first illegal court trial, the authorities leveled false charges against Ye Mi. But because of her righteous thoughts and support from those in the audience, the first court session ended in a mistrial. Following the trial, more than twenty of Ms. Ye's colleagues from Xiamen University wrote a joint letter to the CCP regime. They stated that Ye Mi is an excellent lecturer and artist with a good reputation both in terms of ability and professional ethics. At the same time, they pointed out that she is a good person with high moral standards. They stated that after sitting in the audience, they were convinced that Ye Mi did not commit any crime and requested her release.
The Xiamen authorities ignored the pleas and continued to detain Ye Mi, and reopened a trial on November 25, 2005.
Ye Mi said in response to the court's accusations, "I did not commit any crime! The law allows citizens to have freedom of belief. I practice Falun Gong so as to have good health, achieve a higher moral standard and learn to be a really good person. I do not participate in politics and I do not oppose anyone. As a university lecturer, I work hard at my job and try my best to serve society. This is also doing my part for the country. But ever since the CCP started to persecute Falun Gong, my family and I have been living in fear for extended periods of time. We were tailed and our phones were tapped. Letters were intercepted, and I have been sent to forced labor camp. My family members were persecuted for long periods of time and felt that there was not a single safe place for them. We even have to speak softly in our own home and be careful of what we say, in case you label the words we use as 'reactionary.' We are afraid that the eavesdropping devices will catch such terms and thus cause us trouble. Your actions have violated the law and ethical behavior. I object vehemently!"
The court then presented photocopies of 61 letters supposedly written by Ye Mi as "evidence" against her.
A lawyer said, "The law states that photocopies cannot be used an evidence for conviction. The 61 letters that the court is presenting, similar to the handwriting analysis presented during the first trial, were all photocopies and thus cannot be used as evidence for conviction."
Thereafter, the court announced a recess, and Ye Mi was escorted back to the detention center.
The court audience was discussing, "How could we still see such a ridiculous court session? Who knows where they managed to get the 61 letters. Ye Mi has been detained for over a year and there have been two trials. Each time there is a court session, and once the concrete issues are discussed, the court will announce a recess. Then they will retreat, but they will not release her. A year is not a short period of time. Ye Mi must have suffered much! Her family members must be worried and heartbroken! How can they detain her for so long? It's both cruel and illegal!"
"We know Ye Mi very well. She is an extraordinarily good and kind person. At the same time she is an outstanding lecturer and artist. Seeing her being illegally detained and on the defendant's stand, I felt terrible. She did not commit any crime! She has been detained for so long. Who knows when she will be released?"
Many people expressed admiration for Ye Mi's upright spirit and demeanor.
For details on Ye Mi's first court trial, please see: