(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners from approximately 40 families were illegally arrested on November 15, 2013 by officers from the Shijiazhuang Police Department, local police stations, and 610 Office. Each home was broken into and ransacked by a dozen officers. Eight practitioners were issued an official arrest warrant.

Six practitioners including Ms. Hu Yanxia, Ms. Yan Ruimin, Mr. Zhang Yingtong, Mr. Yang Huizhou, Mr. Wang Xiaofeng, and Mr. Chen Tiankui were prosecuted by the Qiaoxi District Procuratorate.

The Qiaoxi District Court had held a trial against Mr. Chen Tiankui, and his lawyer pleaded not guilty on his behalf. The lawyer argued that Mr. Chen is innocent and the persecution of Falun Gong has no legal basis. Mr. Chen's family and relatives have been trying their best to get Mr. Chen released after the trial.

Two practitioners Mr. Li Yuxin and Ms. Tian Shumei were prosecuted by the Chang'an District Procuratorate.

Mr. Li’s case was submitted to the Chang'an District Court on March 13, 2014. The court held a trial on August 28, 2014. Mr. Li's lawyer and family accused the Chang'an District Procuratorate of neglecting their duties and demanded that the prosecutor Zhao Zhuangtao should be removed.

Ms. Tian’s case at the Chang'an District Procuratorate, has not gone forward yet. Her husband died of a car accident in 2006 and her teenage son is left at home alone. Her lawyer and relatives asked that she be released.

Parties involved in the persecution of the eight practitioners:Li Lixin (李立新), deputy judge in charge of Mr. Yang Huizhou of the Qiaoxi District Court: +86-311-83867019Zhao Jing (赵静), acting judge in charge of Mr. Chen Tiankui of the Qiaoxi District Court: +86-311-83867030, +86-311-83867045Yu Lixia (于丽霞), deputy judge in charge of Mr. Wang Xiaofeng of the Qiaoxi District Court: +86-311-83867046Wang Xu (王旭), judge of the Chang'an District Court: +86-311-85033133, +86-13081008679Zhao Zhuangtao (赵壮涛), procurator of the Chang'an District Procuratorate: +86-311-85187629

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