A Successful Rescue: How a Prosecutor Gave Up on Indicting a Falun Gong Practitioner
(Minghui.org) Numerous Falun Gong practitioners have been prosecuted for distributing informational materials about the persecution in our region. Below is a case detailing the successful rescue of a practitioner due to the hard work of local practitioners and the practitioner's family members.
One day in 2017, policemen broke into the practitioner's home without a warrant and confiscated her computer, printer, two USB drives, and some Falun Gong pamphlets. The practitioner was not at home.
The police arrested the practitioner one month later and took her to a detention center. The practitioner told the police that confiscating her personal belongings was illegal. Nonetheless, the policemen took what she said as evidence and submitted her arrest approval form to the prosecutor. The prosecutor approved it within three days.
Her family joined efforts with fellow practitioners to rescue her. They submitted complaints to various government agencies against the police for illegally ransacking her home, robbing her personal belongings, and arresting her arbitrarily.
In retaliation, the police started to collect “evidence” against the practitioner and tried to deceive her elderly relatives into serving as their witnesses: they said if the elderly relatives admitted that Falun Gong materials that the police had found from other places (not the practitioner's home) belonged to the practitioner, they would release the practitioner. The practitioner's family members believed the police and wrote down what they asked for.
After the practitioner’s other family members found out about it, they clarified the situation to the relatives and worked with the lawyer to retract the false testimonies.
While in the detention center, the practitioner never cooperated with the interrogation. In fact, she took every interrogation as a chance to let the policemen and prosecutor know the facts about Falun Gong and persuade them not to participate in the persecution.
Once again, the policemen tried to pressure the practitioner by showing her a deck of pictures. They claimed that if she identified other practitioners in the pictures, they would immediately close her case and set her free. However, the practitioner told them calmly, “Nothing you brought here is relevant to my case.” One of the policemen shouted, “If you still refuse to cooperate, we'll arrest your son!”
“If you do that, I will call the 12389 hotline to file a complaint against you!” The practitioner replied. The police then gave up on the interrogation.
The practitioner also wrote a letter to the prosecutor stating that she would never admit or plead guilty to the charge of “using a cult to undermine the implementation of the law,” which has become the standard pretext used by the communist authorities to frame Falun Gong practitioners.
She asked, “As an old woman from a rural area, how did I undermine the implementation of the law? Which law had I undermined? I believe that only law enforcement officers can do that. I hope the prosecutor will think twice about this and uphold justice.”
With the combined efforts of the practitioner, her family members, fellow practitioners, and her lawyer, the practitioner was released six months later without being indicted. Her case had a great impact on the local community as officials from different levels of government were convinced that the practitioner would be sentenced to at least three years in prison.