Dalian Software Engineer Arrested after Being Deceived by Police
(Minghui.org) A native of Jinzhou City moved to Dalian City after he found a new job as a software engineer. He soon received a call from the police, telling him to apply for a temporary residence permit.
Mr. Liu Xiaoxiong took half a day off and went to the police station on July 25, 2018, only to be arrested and have his cellphone confiscated. He has since remained captive.
It was reported that the police targeted Mr. Liu, 32, for posting Falun Gong-related information on the social media platforms QQ and WeChat. He is now facing prosecution after the police submitted his case to the procuratorate on October 15. The police threatened his parents that they might sentence him to several years in prison.
Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a mind-body discipline persecuted by the communist regime since 1999. With strict information censorship in China, many practitioners have turned to social media to spread information about the persecution.
The police ransacked Mr. Liu's home twice and confiscated his computer and Falun Gong books.
Mr. Liu's parents traveled 240 miles from Jinzhou to Dalian overnight to the police station to demand his release. They were left waiting in the reception room from 1 a.m. to 8 a.m. before an officer came to talk to them. He refused to disclose the names and contact information of officers in charge of the case.
Mr. Liu was transferred to Dalian Detention Center on the day after his arrest and denied family visits. The police videotaped his parents when they refused to leave and demanded his release.
The Gaoxinyuan District Procuratorate approved Mr. Liu's arrest on August 23, and the police submitted his case to the procuratorate on October 15.
Prosecutor Zou Daming initially attempted to block Mr. Liu's lawyer from reviewing the case document, but he relented upon the lawyer's insistence.
The lawyer proceeded to mail in his legal opinion recommending that his client not be indicted to the procuratorate on October 28 (a required step by Chinese law before a formal indictment is filed). Zou refused to meet with him and denied having received the document, when in fact the delivery tracking system indicated that it had been delivered with a recipient's signature.