(Minghui.org) Ms. Cao Junyi, 56, was arrested on July 6, 2017 for tearing down a poster off a wall that slandered Falun Gong. She was taken to the No. 1 Detention Center in Maoming City, Guangdong Province.

The police threatened her son on August 1 after he called the Inspection Team of the State Council to report that his mother had been illegally arrested, and to request her release.

Family Threatened

Director of the Zhanqianlu Police Station Ding Ke and Jiang Zhixiong from the Domestic Security Division went to Ms. Cao's home. One of them said to her son, “You appealed directly to the State Council instead of going through the normal channels. We're going to arrest you.” Ms. Cao's son argued that it is not illegal to practice Falun Gong and that Falun Gong is not a cult, and asked them to provide the legal documents that state that it is.

Ms. Cao's husband and two sons went to the police station and asked them to release her as she hadn't committed any crime or violated any law. However, they were told that Ms. Cao's case would be sent to the local Procuratorate in seven days and submitted to the court in ten days.

Officials Try to Stop Family from Hiring Lawyer

After Ms. Cao's family hired a lawyer from Beijing, an official from the Maoming Judicial Bureau ordered her husband to go to the local residential office “for a chat” on July 28.

When Ms. Cao's husband went to the local residential office, an official from the judicial bureau told him, “Why don't you hire a lawyer in Maoming City? We'll help you to get one, and it's free. You are only allowed to have one from Maoming City. Lawyers from other cities won't be allowed to enter the court.” When Ms. Cao's husband asked them to explain this ruling, no one could provide an answer.

Parties Responsible for the Persecution of Ms. Cao Junyi:

Jiang Zhixiong ( 江志雄:), officer from the Maonan District Domestic Security Division: +86- 13686776916 (cell)Ding Ke (丁科), deputy director of the Zhanqianlu Police Station: +86- 13926706133Li Weihua ( 李卫华), director of the Zhanqianlu Police Station: +86- 0668-2907369Wu Chuji (吴楚姬), instructor of the Maonan District Domestic Security Division: +86-13929719288 (Cell), +86-0668-2952555 (Office)Qiu Mingzhu (裘明珠), head of the Maoming City 610 Office: +86-0668-2910609Maoming City No. 1 Detention Center: +86-0668-2728310