Judges In the Qin Dynasty, South Song Dynasty, and Hong Kong
Two thousand years ago, there was a eunuch named Zhao Gao serving in the palace of Qin Shihuang, the first emperor of the Qin Dynasty. An expert at flattering people, he understood the intentions of Qin Shihuang and framed many people to put them in jail. Hence, both Qin Shihuang and his son thought highly of him and regarded him as a loyal servant. Later, Zhao Gao helped Hu Hai steal the throne and be named Qin II. Qin II appointed Zhao Gao as a judge at a "conspiracy" trial involving over twenty princes and princesses. Zhao Gao fully displayed his underhanded scheming and sentenced them all to death. Then he murdered the Prime Minister and took his place. After he rose to power, he staged the notorious play of "calling a stag a horse." One day, he told Qin II that he was presenting him with a horse. Qin II looked at the animal and said, "But it is a stag." Zhao Gao insisted that it was a horse. So Qin II asked the opinions of other officials. Finally several courageous people agreed that it was a stag. For this, Zhao Gao executed them all. While such a vile character was in power, life for the people was intolerable. The Qin Dynasty perished only three years after Qin II assumed the throne.
A thousand years passed and the South Song Dynasty came into being. Prime Minister Qin Hui bribed some base people and falsely charged the loyal and valorous young general, Yue Fei, with planning a coup. He then put Yue Fei and his son Yue Yun in jail. Zhou Sanwei, the judge of the Supreme Court at that time, knew that Yue Fei was a loyal general when he saw the words "Absolute Devotion to the Nation" tattooed on Yue Fei's back. Because Zhou didn't want to aid an evildoer, he hung up his official cap and retired from the position. The Consultant Minister Moqi Xie took his place. Moqi severely tortured Yue Fei, but Yue didn't admit to any wrongdoing. Nonetheless, Moqi fabricated evidence and deliberately twisted Yue Fei's words to misrepresent the truth. In the end, they killed Yue Fei with poison in Fengbo Ting Pavilion. His son Yue Yun and an officer were beheaded. At that time, Qin Hui had a lot of power and the officials around the country all praised his actions. Yet when the new emperor came to the throne, he immediately built statues and memorials of Yue Fei so that people could pay their respects to him. In addition, cast iron statues were made of Qin Hui and Moqi Xie kneeling down with their hands tied behind their backs for people to curse and spit on.
Nearly a thousand years later, our focus is now on present day Hong Kong--five years after China regained sovereignty over the territory. A trial that should not have taken place was held there. Sixteen Falun Gong practitioners, peacefully appealing for an end to the torture and the killing of innocent people by Jiang Zemin's regime in China, occupied a space of less than 7 square meters (in an area of 140 square meters) in front of the Chinese Liaison Office. Yet they were arrested by nearly 60 police officers who used physical force, and were charged with "obstructing the street" and "attacking the police." The charges were obviously collusive. During the marathon trial of the practitioners, Hong Kong judge Symon Wong repeatedly favored the prosecutor and used insulting language towards the defense attorney. After going through the motions of a trial, he declared that all the Hong Kong police charges were valid. At one point, Symon Wong said sarcastically to the defense attorney that he should "fight like a man." Yet he himself yielded to the pressure from the dictator, going against his conscience as well as the "one country, two system" agreement, and has endangered the freedom and prosperity of Hong Kong. Is this the behavior of a noble man?
Symon Wong fully displayed his pettiness and deliberate misrepresentation when he read the verdict. For example, while the trial was in session he said, "According to Witness No.2, from day X to day Y, he had not seen anyone use the main entrance of No. 160, so he didn't know that his presence was blocking people's way. But he also stated that he had consulted a lawyer beforehand about whether holding a demonstration at that location would be seen as blocking the street. The lawyer said that it was not. My question is, if you have never seen anyone going through the main entrance, why do you cautiously consult a lawyer about it? It is good proof that he knew his action would block the street." (Quoted from news on Sina.com)
Symon Wong's words show that he has more imagination than Zhao Gao and Moqi Xie. For example, if he were to blame an innocent driver, who was hit by another vehicle running a red light, for causing the accident, he would say, "According to Witness No.2, from day X to day Y, he had never seen anyone or any vehicle passing the corner of Street Z. Therefore, he didn't think he was going to cause an accident by driving across the corner. But he also claimed that he looked at the traffic light before driving across the corner and found that it was green. My question is, if you know that nobody goes across the corner, why did you carefully take a look at the traffic light? This is good proof that he knew his action was going to cause an accident. Therefore, he is guilty of causing the accident."
Symon Wong also displayed his talent for inventing an irrational line of questioning. He asked how Falun Gong practitioners knew that they were not blocking the street when they were doing the meditation with their eyes closed. It is indeed a ridiculous question. Don't the practitioners have ears? Couldn't they sometimes open their eyes? After all, they were not sleeping. In addition, he didn't accept the evidence that doctors prescribed analgesics for some of the practitioners injured by the police during their arrests. The scream of the Hong Kong policewoman caused by a feigned injury, however, was accepted as irrefutable.
To further prove Symon Wong's talent for illogical thinking, he said near the end of the trial, "Ironically, although no evidence shows that the police are Falun Gong followers, their performance on that day and in the court illustrates that they have been following Truth, Compassion, and Tolerance." (Quoted from news on Sina.com)
The performance of the Hong Kong police in this false charge of a "sheep eating a wolf" shows their level of "Truthfulness." Their use of force to disperse a peaceful appeal shows their level of "Tolerance." Their arresting Falun Gong practitioners by force in front of the Chinese Liaison Office and deporting practitioners by force at the Hong Kong customs shows their inability to demonstrate "Compassion."
If Symon Wong were an official in China, he would describe the bloody torture of Falun Gong practitioners by Jiang Zemin's regime as "life-giving spring breezes and rain." If he were an official in the Qin Dynasty, he would certainly call a stag a horse. If he were the judge in the South Song Dynasty and appointed by Qin Hui to handle Yue Fei's case, he would say the following while declaring Yue Fei guilty, "Ironically, although His Excellency Qin Hui didn't have the words "Absolute Devotion to the Nation" tattooed on his back, his performance tells us that he is absolutely devoted to the nation."
Only theátruth can stand the test of time.ááHistory will be the judge of who was truly innocent and who was truly guilty in this Hong Kong trial.
August 19, 2002