Chongqing Court Attempts to Suppress Practitioner's Defense Attorney
(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioner Liu Daoquan was arrested by officers from the Shapingba District Police Station on April 9, 2013, for distributing informational materials about Falun Gong. Mr. Liu, who is a resident of the Shapingba District, Chongqing, was arrested at home by Li Deming, captain of the Domestic Security Division of that district.
When Mr. Liu was tried, his family hired an attorney from Beijing to defend him and plead not-guilty on his behalf. The attorney's powerful defense left the court and prosecutor speechless on the first court date of November 6, 2013.
On the second court date of November 15, judges Liu Qi and Xie Chuanjiang allowed prosecutor Wang Guangming to talk about whatever he chose, but repeatedly prevented the defense attorney from speaking. They even attempted to eject him from the courtroom.
The defense attorney firmly pointed out that the judges were breaking the law and warned them, “It would be an honor for me to be expelled from this courtroom, but shame on you. If you dare to do so, I will file charges against you!” The judges were stunned and let the attorney finish his defense.
The attorney reiterated, “My client, Liu Daoquan, is not guilty of a crime for exercising his rights granted by the constitution. He is not guilty of a crime for remaining steadfast in his belief. He is not guilty of a crime for spreading his belief. Just as in the cases of other Falun Gong practitioners, he is not guilty of a crime for exposing what he had suffered and bringing to light the facts of the persecution! We believe that all Chinese citizens who care about our civil rights granted by the constitution want this case and all the cases related to Falun Gong to receive impartial judgments!”
The attorney gave copies of his plea to both judges, asking them to read the document carefully.
Liu Daoquan is still being held in the Baihelin Detention Center of Shapingba District.
Persons Responsible for the Persecution:
Guo Rui(郭瑞), president of the Shapingba District Court Liu Qi(刘琪) and Xie Chuanjiang(谢传江), judges, Shapingba District Court: +86-23-65483245 (Office) Wang Guangming(王光明), prosecutor, Shapingba District Procuratorate: +86-23-65061327 Li Deming(李德明), captain of the Domestic Security Division of Shapingba District: +86-15023111696 (Cell), +86-23-63755068 (Office)