Lawyer Files Complaint against Police's Illegal Home Search of Practitioner Client
(Minghui.org) A lawyer representing a Falun Gong practitioner in Tianjin recently filed a complaint against the police for illegally searching his client's home.
The practitioner, Ms. Sun Jianhua, was arrested at the door of her apartment building by the deputy head of Shuangzha Police Station Liu Jie and eight other officers around 10:00 a.m. on January 14, 2017. The officers had been waiting there since 6:00 a.m. in order to arrest Ms. Sun.
One officer took her key. While some officers took Ms. Sun to the detention facility, the remaining officers, including Sang Jianbu and Zhao Yinxing, ransacked her home. They confiscated her computer, Falun Gong books, and related materials, as well as 4000 yuan printed with a Falun Gong-related message.
According to Ms. Sun's lawyer, it is illegal for the police to search a property without the presence of its owner or relative. None of the officers showed a search warrant during the process. In addition, four months after the ransacking, the police hadn't yet provided a list of things they confiscated from her home.
The lawyer requested that Jinnan District Procuratorate investigate into the case.
Ms. Sun's lawyer and her family went to the police station many times to request her release following her arrest. The deputy head of the police station Liu Jie ignored them.
Ms. Sun's case was returned to the police by Jinnan District Procuratorate in late March for supplementary investigation. The lawyer went to the police station with her husband and daughter on April 10 to seek her release, but Liu told them that he was going to re-submit the case to the procuratorate soon.
The lawyer argued with Liu that there is no legal basis for the persecution, and Ms. Sun's daughter also said that she didn't violate any law in practicing Falun Gong and being a good person. Liu refused to listen.
Ms. Sun's parents are both over 85. His father has high blood pressure and her mother has heart problems. Her arrest, which happened around the Chinese New Year, caused great mental distress to the elderly couple.
According to sources, Ms. Sun was reported to the police by a person named Zhang Baozhu for hanging up a banner about Falun Gong. Zhang received 500 yuan in reward for reporting her.
Ms. Sun is currently detained at Jinnan District Detention Center.