Name: Zhao Genfa (赵根法)
Gender: Male
Age: 37
Address: Forging Factory Family Housing on Miaokong Street, Qufu City, Shandong Province
Occupation: Retired early from Kongfujia Liquor Factory
Date of Most Recent Arrest: September 16, 2009
Most Recent Place of Detention: Qufu City Detention Center (曲阜市看守所)
City: Qufu
Province: Shandong
Persecution Suffered: Illegal sentencing, imprisonment, home ransacking, interrogation, detention
Defense Attorney: Jin Guanghong (金光鸿)

( (By a correspondent from Shandong Province) The Qufu Criminal Court, along with the Prosecution Office of the Procuratorate and the Qufu Police Department's 610 Office sentenced Mr. Zhao Genfa to five years in prison on the afternoon of January 18, 2010. Mr. Zhao's family and defense attorney were not present in the courtroom. Insiders revealed that the Qufu City 610 Office and the Political and Judiciary Committee had controlled the entire process.

The Qufu Court held the first trial on December 29, 2009. The court did not inform Mr. Zhao's daughter, his older sister, or his younger brother so that they could attend the court proceedings. When Mr. Zhao's relatives learned the news and arrived at the courthouse, numerous police officers kept them outside the courtroom. The judge frequently interrupted the two attorneys and refused to listen to their legal defense, but he eventually had to remain silent. The prosecutor for the Qufu Procuratorate could not respond reasonably in light of the attorneys' strong defense.

After the trial, Mr. Zhao's wife, Ms. Qiao Huarong, went to the court and police department numerous times to demand her husband's release. Du Shanhong from the police department's 610 Office reluctantly returned Mr. Zhao's ID card to his wife. The Prosecution Office head affirmed that Mr. Zhao would be sentenced. The judge of the criminal court said, "We affirm that you have to return home and wait for the news. It is also the decision from above. We cannot make the decision." Mr. Zhao was eventually sentenced to five years in prison.

Qufu City 610 Office:

Kong Xiangli, 86-537-4498610 (Office), 86-537-4492869 (Home), 86-13905477007 (Cell)
Lu Zhaolin, 86-537-4498610 (Office), 86-537-4467518 (Home), 86-13508973345 (Cell)
Ren Shanmin, Qufu City Police Department 610 Office: 86-537-4430082 (Office), 86-13805473302 (Cell)
Xia Mingquan, Detention Center head: 86-537-4410605
Xiguan Police Station: 86-537-4412731

Related report: "Qufu District Court Tries Mr. Zhao Genfa Illegally"

Written on January 25, 2010