Two Trials and No Verdict, Yet Falun Gong Practitioners Arrested for Their Beliefs Are Still Detained
(Minghui.org) The judicial systems in most countries regard people as innocent until proven guilty. The judicial system in China, however, finds people guilty if the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) says they are, no matter how many trials it takes.
Jiangsu Province police arrested six female Falun Gong practitioners on May 4, 2013. Ms. Si Xiuli, Ms. Sun Meiying, Ms. Jiang Qun, and Ms. Li Xinrong are from Jiangsu Province. Ms. Liu Qiaozhen and Ms. Guo Yanhua are from Shandong Province, and temporarily staying in Feng County, Xuzhou City, Jiangsu Province.
The police had tapped the phone of a practitioner from Feng County. When they made the arrest, the police confiscated cash in the residence, along with deposit books, keys, and Falun Dafa materials.
The following day, they ransacked the homes of Ms. Liu and Ms. Guo. Without warrants, they confiscated computers, TVs, deposit books, debit cards, and an unreported amount of cash. The six were detained in the Xuzhou Detention Center. Ms. Li was later released for medical treatment.
The court could not reach a verdict at the first trial, which convened on November 15, 2013, at Feng County Court.
No verdict was handed down at the second trial on April 10, 2014, but the defendants were not released.
The five practitioners have now been held for 13 months.
Ms. Liu's Husband Arrested for Trying to Secure Her Release
Ms. Liu's husband, Li Yongjun, went to the court many times to ask for his wife's release, but officials refused to see him.
On June 6, 2014, Li and four Falun Gong practitioners from Jinxiang County, Shandong Province, once again intended to visit the Feng County Court. On the way, Changdian Town police arrested them and impounded their car.
The police broke into Mr. Li's home, and confiscated books, DVDs, computers, and other valuable personal belongings. They also threatened the couple's youngest daughter. Police also ransacked the homes of the other four practitioners.
On June 13, Mr. Li's eldest daughter and relatives of two other practitioners in detention went to the Feng County District police station to ask that the practitioners be released. When they arrived, they were not permitted entry as the main gate was closed to them. One police officer came out to see them.
The relatives asked for the cash and deposit books the police had taken, but the police returned nothing. The police domestic security team is still holding the family car and camera.
Mr. Li and two practitioners were released on June 17. The remaining practitioners are still in custody.
Parties Responsible for Arresting These Innocent People:
Cheng Keming (程科茗), director of Feng County Police Station in Jiangsu ProvincePolice Station, in the Developing District of Feng County, Jiangsu Province: +86-516-89155031, +86-516-8955560Feng County Detention Center in Jiangsu Province: +86-516-89200051 (working time), +86-516-89155260 (non-working time)Xie Fuzhi (谢福志), presiding judge of criminal court, Feng County Court, Jiangsu Province: +86-13952217798 (Cell)