Hanzhong City Court Refuses to Provide Verdict Documentation, Fearing Exposure On the Internet
(Clearwisdom.net) (correspondent from Shaanxi Province) On August 18, 2009, the Hantai District Court in Hanzhong City, Shaanxi Province, pronounced its verdict to four Falun Dafa practitioners held in a Hantai detention center. The court dismissed their appeal and sustained its original verdict, yet refused to provide a document stating the verdict. The reason they cited was, that if the four practitioners (Yang Hua, Wu Yali, Ye Hao, and Li Qingmeng) received such a document, it would be immediately circulated on the Internet. This action strongly suggests that their verdict is illegal, and illustrates their fear of exposure. Their refusal to publish the verdict reveals the officials' guilt over persecuting Falun Gong, and their fear of investigation by international human rights organizations.
Officials from the 610 Office (a CCP branch specializing in the persecution of Falun Gong) of Hanzhong City, undercover agents from the national security agency, and national security police from Hantai and Nanzheng District illegally arrested seven practitioners within a few days, beginning May 7, 2008. The Hantai national security police sentenced two of the arrested practitioners, Baohan Chen and Hanrong Zhan, to a year and a half in a forced labor camp, after they already served six months in a detention center. The court of Nanzheng District illegally sentenced practitioner Yanping Xiao to eight years. In June 2009, Ms. Yanping was taken to the XiAn Women's Jail. On November 27, 2008, the Hantai court opened the case on the remaining four practitioners. Held in jail for a year, they were finally sentenced on May 13, 2009, to varying times in jail, with no lawyers or family members present. Yang Hua was sentenced to nine years, Wu Yali and Ye Hao to five years, and Li Qingmeng to three years.
When the practitioners asked for documentation of the verdict, Judge Xu Yan (in charge of this case) and Judge Lian (the chief of this court) stated that, according to orders from higher levels of command, Falun Gong practitioners were not to be provided with any court documents. The judges told the practitioners to ask detention center officials for the documentation they sought, but of course, the detention center officials refused to comply.
Dissatisfied with the verdict, the four practitioners appealed. On August 18, 2009, the Hantai court read the final mid-level court verdict for Yang Hua, Wu Yali, Ye Hao, and Li Qingmeng: "We are rescinding the appeal and maintaining the original sentence." They refused yet again, to provide documentation of the verdict.
Written on September 9, 2009