Three Practitioners in Wuhan Secretly Given Harsh Sentences
(Clearwisdom.net) The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) illegally influenced the courts and secretly had three Falun Dafa practitioners in Wuhan sentenced to prison. Ms. Chen Man got seven years, Ms. Hu Huifang got four years, and Mr. Zhou Xiaojun got six years. Ms. Chen and Ms. Hu were sent to a women's prison in Wuhan on July 15, 2009. When family members made inquires about their relatives, they were told that they could not see Ms. Chen or Ms. Hu unless they got approval from the 610 Office.
Chen Man was arrested on February 11, 2008. Her 71-year-old mother, Zhou Yulian, was not able to take care of herself and had to rely on friends and neighbors to help her. In an open letter, her mother said, "Since 2007 my daughter has taken care of me at home. My daughter was a tutor for school children. On February 11, 2008, she tutored a class in Chailin Hotel in Wuhan and was arrested by plainclothes police officers. Several days later, I was told that she had been arrested by officers from the State Security Brigade of the Public Security Bureau. There were no legal documents to support this arrest, and I was not informed by the authorities until May of 2008, when I finally received a notice about the arrest."
On February 19, 2008, a group of police officers from the Qingshan District went to Ms. Hu Huifang's home and arrested her by force. On February 28, 2008, the officers arrested Mr. Zhou Xiaojun, the owner of the Ancient Tang Dynasty restaurant. Ms. Chen and Ms. Hu were taken to the First Detention Center, and Mr. Zhou was taken to the Second Detention Center in Wuhan.
On April 10, 2009, a hearing was set at the Hongshan District Court in Wuhan City for the three practitioners. The local government, the 610 Office, the local Public Security Bureau, and the District Court jointly prevented any of the practitioners' family members from attending the hearing.
The defense lawyer pointed out that the prosecution files submitted by the Hongshan District Procuratorate were not legal, because two different prosecution documents were both using the same batch number. The reason why there are two different prosecution documents for one case was because one was from Hongshan District Procuratorate and the other was from the Public Security Bureau in Wuhan City. The differences in the contents of these documents indicated that the "evidence" was all fabricated. Also, to have the homes of the defendants under surveillance without an official court order was illegal. It was also a complete violation of the law to keep Ms. Chen Man, Ms. Hu Huifang, and Mr. Zhou Xiaojun in brainwashing sessions set up by the 610 Office, calling this a "surveillance" measure.
Based on Criminal Law 300, the defense lawyer indicated that the evidence against the defendants was insufficient to prosecute them of any crime. Arresting people arbitrarily, sending them to a brainwashing center, and setting up brainwashing activities were all in violation of the law.
The prosecutors from the Hongshan District Procuratorate had nothing to say to justify the charges. The hearing was then terminated. However, on April 16, 2009, the court arbitrarily sentenced Chen Man to seven years, Hu Huifang to four years, and Zhou Xiaojun to six years. When their families asked for the written judgments so that they could appeal, the court refused to provide them.
When faced with the undeniable use of falsified evidence and unlawful conduct, the CCP simply suspended the license of the defense lawyer who had spoken up. Furthermore, CCP authorities notified the detention center not to let the defense lawyer, Li Xiongbing, even see Ms. Chen Man. The Appeals Court in Wuhan did not respond to Ms. Chen's appeal. Instead, on July 17, 2009, it notified the families that the women has been sent to a women's prison in Wuhan.