(Minghui.org) Many Falun Gong practitioners from Dalian were arrested on July 6, 2012. The arrests of 14 of them were approved after the fact. Ten families hired lawyers from Beijing. After the lawyers' involvement, all 14 case files were rejected by the Procuratorate and returned to the Zhongshan District Police Department.

All 14 practitioners are being held at the Dalian Detention Center, including Ma Ruitian, Che Zhongshan, Pan Xiuqing, Wang Shouchen, Wang Jian, She Yue, Hao Yueshan, Wang Yu, Liu Qingtao, Zhu Chengqian, Yan Jinhua, and Li Shengjie.

On July 6, the Dalian 610 Office, the Politics and Law Committee, the Police Department, the Domestic Security Team, and personnel from the neighborhood committees conducted a large scale arrest of Falun Gong practitioners, mainly targeting those who had installed the overseas NTD Television receivers in their homes. About 100 practitioners were arrested and their homes ransacked.

It was said that the Dalian Lawyers Association obstructed the Beijing lawyers from meeting with the interested parties. This was posted on a micro-blog by a Beijing lawyer. The Dalian Lawyers Association realized that justice was not on their side. They have reached an agreement with the Beijing lawyers, canceling the unreasonable rule that required lawyers from other cities to register in Dalian before they meet with clients.

The Beijing lawyers eventually obtained all the case files of the practitioners. They also met with the detained practitioners, despite the various obstructions from the Dalian Detention Center. They were able to obtain detailed information about the persecution the practitioners suffered. After the lawyers' involvement, all 14 case files were rejected by the Procuratorate and returned to the Zhongshan District Police Department.

Below contains information about the persecution the practitioners suffered:

Ms. Zhang Guilian, 69, was severely abused at the Dalian Detention Center and died on August 5. Qu Bin and Zhang Guoli nearly died as a result of the persecution. Ms. Hou Chunli's leg was broken and her kidney was injured from severe beatings. She was eventually released.

Mr. Che Zhongshan has been detained at the Dalian Detention Center for four months. He was handcuffed and shackled to the ground for more than two months, and was sometimes tied to a tiger bench all night long. He was brutally persecuted. It was reported that Mr. Che swallowed a toothbrush to protest his illegal detention and persecution. (Editor’s note: Dafa practitioners should always use peaceful and rational means to protest their persecution, and not take a radical approach.) As a result, he had blood in his stool for several days and was in serious condition. He has been sent to the hospital for emergency treatment three times. Because of his situation, the Dalian Detention Center blocked information about him from coming out and did not allow his family to visit.

Mr. Che's wife, Ms. Wang Chun'e, was arrested and taken to the Masanjia Forced Labor Camp to serve a two-year term.

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