Ms. Zhu Chunju from Fangzheng County Sentenced to Six Years in Prison
Name: Zhu Chunju(朱春菊)
Address: Tianmen Township, Fangzheng County, Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province
Date of Most Recent Arrest: August 16, 2011
Most recent place of Detention: Harbin City Second Detention Center (哈市第二看守所)
Persecution Suffered: Detention, home ransacked, extortion, illegal trial, illegal sentencing
(Clearwisdom.net) Ms. Zhu Chunju was taken away from her home by police on August 16, 2011. It was recently reported that she has been sentenced to six years in prison. By the time her family was informed of her sentence, the deadline for appeal had passed.
On August 16, 2011, around 10 a.m., Chief Lu Tongjin, Bai Wenjie, and Wang Lingchun from the Fangzheng Domestic Security Division, as well as an officer from the Tianmen Township Police Station, went to Ms. Zhu Chunju’s home. Without presenting any identification or search warrants, the police ransacked her home, taking a laptop and camera, Falun Dafa books, and several hundred yuan in cash. Ms. Zhu was arrested and taken to the Fangzheng Second Detention Center. The police took her property back to her home on August 26. They said that Ms. Zhu was not at the Fangzheng Second Detention Center and her whereabouts were unknown.
On September 2, two officers from the Tianmen Township Police Station went to Ms. Zhu Chunju’s home and told her husband that Ms. Zhu had been “formally” arrested and was being detained in the Harbin Second Detention Center.
Ms. Zhu’s husband learned on October 6 that her case had been submitted to the court. Her husband asked a Beijing human rights attorney to defend her. On October 10, 2011, a court official called Ms. Zhu’s home, demanding that Ms. Zhu’s husband, Yang Zhongyou, tell their two daughters in Japan and Korea not to promote Falun Gong anymore.
Ms. Zhu was tried in the Fangzheng Court on October 26. The trial was scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m, but actually began at 8:30 a.m. Armed policemen stood guard both inside and outside the courtroom. The attorney submitted a “Not guilty” plea for Ms. Zhu and requested she be released and all personal property returned to her. Prosecutor Zhang Jinming submitted fabricated evidence from the police department. He said Ms. Zhu graduated from elementary school; however, Ms. Zhu actually is uneducated. Zhang said Ms. Zhu posted Falun Gong materials and he had witnesses. However, no witness made an appearance at the trial. The prosecutor charged Ms. Zhu with undermining the law.
Judge Chen Hongyan said he would pass sentence on another day. Ms. Zhu’s family kept their eyes on the progress of her case and called the court many times, but no one responded. When they finally reached someone at the court on November 11, 2011, they were told Ms. Zhu had been sentenced to six years in prison. However, they were not told which day the sentence was handed down. Chen Hongyan said it was his right not to inform the family and that the sentence letter had been mailed to the attorney.
Ms. Zhu Chunju and her husband, as well as their three children, started to practice Falun Dafa in 1998. During the past decade, all three children were sent to forced labor camps. She and her husband were repeatedly detained. Everyone in the family was persecuted physically, mentally, and financially by the CCP
“Arrest and Detention of Ms. Zhu Chunju from Fangzheng County, Heilongjiang Province”
Chinese version available at http://minghui.ca/mh/articles/2011/8/25/黑龙江方正县朱春菊被非法关押-245847.html