(Minghui.org) Mr. Hu Jinping from Linyi City, Shandong Province, was illegally tried at the Hedong District Detention Center on June 11, 2019, for practicing Falun Gong.

More than ten of his relatives went to the detention center to attend the trial. However, the detention center only allowed three of them in, using the excuse that there were not enough seats. The relatives had to argue with the detention center staff to allow even three of them to attend. The judge refused to add more seats despite the relatives' repeated requests.

On September 29, 2018, Mr. Hu had just visited his sister, Ms. Hu Jinhui, when he was followed and arrested by plainclothes domestic security officers. Despite not having a search warrant, they ransacked his home.

Three other practitioners--Hu Jinhui, Qian Jinhua, and Gong Maohai--were arrested the same day. They and Mr. Hu were all detained at the Hedong District Detention Center in Linyi City.

Qian Jinhua was charged by the Lanshan District Procuratorate on February 27, 2019. On April 30, he was tried by the Lanshan District Court and sentenced to two years in prison.

Ms. Hu Jinhui was illegally tried at the Hedong District Detention Center on May 17. Her family and relatives were not notified until after the trial.

Mr. and Ms. Hu's family stated that they will sue domestic security police officers Chu Yanshan, Liu Helei and Zhu Bo for unlawful arrest and for unreasonable search without a warrant. The family will also sue Dong Jinwei and Wang Yugang from Lanshan District Procuratorate for the crimes of false accusation.

Parties involved in persecuting Mr. Hu Jinping, Hu Jinhui, Qian Jinhua, and Gong Maohai:Chu Yanshan (褚延山), deputy chief of Linyi Domestic Security Team: +86-539-7305720, +86-18553977123Liu Helei刘合磊, police officer with the Linyi Domestic Security Team: +86-13953953278Wang Sheng (王胜), president of the Lanshan District Court: +86-539-8965801, +86-17605390077