73-year-old Sichuan Man Illegally Tried for His Belief
(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Wang Huaifu, 73, was tried at the Youxian District Court in Mianyang City on March 10, 2017. He was recently arrested for distributing Falun Gong desk calendars on December 10, 2016.
Mr. Wang has already been arrested repeatedly for his belief. In 2009, he was incarcerated and tortured in Guangyuan Prison. His family faced extortion to get him released from detention in 2004.
The courtroom on March 10 was filled with plainclothes police officers and members of the local neighborhood committee. Two attorneys represented Mr. Wang.
The attorneys argued that Mr. Wang had not violated any law, as Falun Gong is not listed as an illegal organization by the government. He said that Mr. Wang follows the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance to be a good person, and that the materials he distributed also teach people to be healthy, good and compassionate.
The attorney concluded, “At his advanced age, Mr. Wang should be enjoying his golden years, but, because of his belief, he has suffered greatly. This illegal suppression should not be allowed in our nation. Mr. Wang should be released unconditionally.”
There were five prosecutors. They listened calmly and did not interrupt the attorneys' presentations. They even urged the judges to consider the case leniently.
No verdict was rendered at the trial.
Severe Persecution of Falun Gong Practitioners at Guangyuan Prison, Sichuan Province