Chinese Human Rights Lawyer Tried for the Second Time
(Clearwisdom.net) The Dalian Shahekou District Court tried Mr. Wang Yonghang, a 36-year-old lawyer from Dalian, Liaoning Province, for the second time, at 9:00 a.m. on November 27, 2009. Within half an hour the court hastily sentenced Mr. Wang to seven years in prison for defending Falun Gong practitioners and "damaging the implementation of the law."
Mr. Wang arrived at the court in a police car at 8:50 a.m. There were several unidentified individuals with video cameras in the courtroom. They videotaped the two attorneys that Mr. Wang's family hired for him. The attorneys were upset, questioned the identity of these individuals and asked why they were videotaping and whether they had permission to do so.
Mr. Wang's wife, Ms. Yu Xiaoyan, and his cousin were present at the hearing. As soon as Ms. Yu entered the courtroom, she was flanked by two female officers, who held her by the arms. When Mr. Wang entered the courtroom, Ms. Yu managed to break away from the officers, and she rushed over to check her husband's injured leg, which was still swollen and not completely healed. He was tortured in police custody and suffered a fractured ankle as a result.
When the judge entered the courtroom, Mr. Wang did not rise as the rest of the courtroom did. When the judge asked him to rise, Ms. Yu spoke loudly to the court, "Can't you see that his leg is injured because of the torture? How can he stand up?" Mr. Wang remained seated.
The court used the Falun Gong-related materials confiscated by authorities from Mr. Wang's home, and the open letters he wrote on his computer as evidence for the sentencing. When the court adjourned, Ms. Yu managed to break away from the female officers again and secured Mr. Wang's signature on the power of attorney for appeal, which gained Mr. Wang ten days to appeal the court's decision.
Mr. Wang was wearing a sweater and a pair of slippers. His leg has atrophied, and he dragged his leg as he walked, but he appeared in good spirits. One of the police officers was carrying a blue striped patient uniform. As he reached the revolving doors at the court entrance, Mr. Wang placed his hand on the door frame and said to those from the Procuratorate, "Everything you have said is against your consciences." After he went outside, he shouted, "The Communist Party is an evil cult to the core. Falun Dafa is righteous!" Several police officers who were standing beside him smiled.
After leaving the court, Ms. Yu and the two attorneys were followed by an officer and an unidentified vehicle.
For more information on Mr. Wang and his case, please refer to "Chinese Human Rights Lawyer Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison for Defending Falun Gong Practitioners (Photo)" (http://clearwisdom.net/html/articles/2009/12/5/112854.html)
Dalian Municipal Bureau of Justice: Jinfuxing Building, 87
Xinkai Road, Xigang District, Dalian City, Telephone:
86-411-83766661, Fax: 86-411-83766789
Du Benyou, director of he Bureau of Justice: 86-411-83766999 (Office), 86-411-83696369 (Home), 86-13904269099 (Cell)
Shahekou District Court: 1-1-1 789 Xinan Road, Shahekou District, Dalian City, Zip code: 116033, Telephone: 86-411-86840586
Zhou Liqiang, president of Shahekou District Court: 86-411-86840587 (Office), 86-411-86847089 (Fax)
Wang Jianhai, vice president of Shahekou District Court: 86-411-86845532 (Fax)
Du Xinglin, vice president of Shahekou District Court: 86-411-86846107 (Fax)
Zhang Tianming, vice president of Shahekou District Court: 86-411-86840589 (Office)
Jiang Yan, vice president of Shahekou District Court: 86-411-86846389 (Office)