Mr. Yu Zhou's Wife Ms. Xu Na Sentenced to Three Years in Prison
(Clearwisdom.net) Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Yu Zhou was tortured to death on Chinese New Year's Eve, February 6, 2008. His wife, Ms. Xu Na is still under severe persecution. At 9:00 a.m. on November 25, 2008, the Chongwen District Court in Beijing sentenced Ms. Xu Na to three years in prison. The whole process took only a few minutes because the results had already been decided, and they were only going through the motions in court. Ms. Xu requested to appeal to a higher court.
Ms. Xu Na's lawyer Cheng Hai did plead innocent for her in the July 2008 session. The judge, Ma Xiaoyu, refused to decide based on the lawyer's factual legal arguments. Cheng Hai was not present for this court session. He said to the media that the sentencing is unfair and he would help Ms. Xu Na appeal to the higher court. He said, "Falun Gong has no illegal definition in China." He believed that based on the efforts of those in the legal field, someday the Chinese government will have to admit the legal existence of Falun Gong.
After Mr. Yu Zhou was tortured to death during the 2008 Olympics season, the Haidian District 610 Office, the local police, and community administrators often harassed Ms. Xu Na's parents, threatened them, and forbade them from speaking with foreign journalists. They notified Mr. Yu Zhou's family several days ago that they would process Mr. Yu's body, and they ordered Ms. Xu Na to write a letter granting permission to let Mr. Yu's family represent her in dealing with Mr. Yu's body.
Ms. Xu Na was born in Changchun City, Jilin Province. All of her family members are artists. Her father is a painter in the Chinese Artists Association and her mother teaches at the Jilin Province Art Academy. Ms. Xu Na won an award in the 1998 Chinese Young Artists Oil Painting Exhibit. She is very well-known in Hong Kong and Mainland China. Her husband was a very talented artist and musician. He performed with the popular band "Xiaojuan and the Valley Folks." The couple lived a very happy life following the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.
In 2001, because she opened their apartment to fellow practitioners coming to Beijing to appeal for justice for Falun Gong, Ms. Xu Na was sentenced to five years in prison. She returned home in 2006. At around 10:00 p.m. on January 26, 2008, on the way home after Mr. Yu Zhou's performance, they were stopped by police conducting an "Olympics check." The police found out that they were Falun Gong practitioners, then illegally arrested them and detained the couple in the Tongzhou District Detention Center.
At 9:00 a.m. on January 27, 2008, four officers ransacked Ms. Xu Na's parent's home in Haidian District then ransacked her younger sister's home. Mr. Yu Zhou was tortured to death on February 6, 2008, at age 42. The detention center did not allow Ms. Xu Na to attend his funeral. They transfered her to the Beijing City Detention Center, which is the notorious "7th Branch" of the Beijing City Police Department, where "important prisoners" are detained.
Ma Xiaoyu, Chongwen District Procuratorate Judge in charge of Ms. Xu Na'
Han Aijing (female), Chongwen District Procuratorate Prosecutor: 86-10-67079931