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Lawyers Beaten and Mistreated by Court Officials in Shandong Province

July 03, 2015 |   By a Minghui correspondent from Shandong Province, China

(Minghui.org) During a court proceeding in Liaocheng City, Shandong Province against Falun Gong practitioners, bailiffs rushed into the courtroom, dragged one of the lawyers out of the room and beat him.

The Dongchangfu District Court in Liaocheng City, Shandong Province, held a trial against practitioners Yang Yuxi, Li Xizhu, Song Guifeng, Liu Sheng, Kang Linfen, Chen Yuzhen and Lin Xiuwei, at 9:00 a.m. on June 18, 2015.

Defense lawyers Wang Quanzhang, Shi Fulong, and Chen Zhiyong were hired to defend the practitioners.

The defense asked for the withdrawal and screening of some so-called evidence, requested the testimony of a witness and questioned other court procedures. Their speeches were repeatedly interrupted, and their requests were turned down by Wang Yingjun, the presiding judge and judge Xu Chengxin.

Mistreatment of Lawyers

When Wang Quanzhang, one of the defense lawyers, spoke in defense of the practitioners, he was interrupted by the presiding judge many times, and then expelled from the courtroom.

About seven bailiffs rushed into the courtroom and removed Wang from the room. Outside the room, the bailiffs beat Wang and tore his clothes. Police officers brought new clothes and forced him to put them on. Mr. Wang's face, forehead, chest, stomach and back were injured

Lawyers Shi Fulong and Chen Zhiyong were not allowed to leave the courtroom and were physically searched.

Chen was not allowed to leave the courtroom until about 11:00 p.m. Wang came back to the courtroom and he and the other lawyers counted their personal belongings that were placed on the ground. Then, Wang and Shi were arrested and taken to the Huxi Police Station in Dongchangfu District for interrogation. Their computers and removable disks were confiscated. They were not allowed to leave until about 2:00 a.m. the next day.

Lawyers Tang Jitian, Zhang Weiyu, Yan Xin, and Yu Wensheng; lawyer Wang Yu's husband Bao Longjun and friend Han Ying; lawyer Liu Jianjun's wife and daughter went to the National Lawyers Association to file a complaint for mistreatment on the afternoon of June 19. The officers of the association acted similar to the judges and bailiffs.

Participants in the persecution of the practitioners and lawyers:Dongchangfu District Court: +86-635-8434838, 635-5050588Wang Yingjin (王英军): +86-13001756446Ma Ruijin (马瑞金), director of the Domestic Security Division in Chiping County, Liaocheng City: +86-18866351185

Please refer to the original Chinese article for more people and offices involved in the persecution.

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