Police Refuse to Return Nearly 60,000 Yuan Seized from Heilongjiang Woman Jailed for Her Faith
(Minghui.org) A Yanshou County, Heilongjiang Province resident was arrested in August 2018 for her faith in Falun Gong. The police seized 58,000 yuan from her while ransacking her home and now refused to return it.
Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a mind-body improvement practice that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.
Ms. Luo Caisen's family went to the police station several times following her arrest to demand officers Li Zhiguo and Gao Jianping to return the money confiscated from her home.
Officer Gao initially claimed that the money was part of the prosecution evidence and that they could only return it after Ms. Luo's court trial.
When the police submitted Ms. Luo's case to the Acheng Procuratorate on October 7, however, the money wasn't included in it. When the prosecutor indicted Mr. Luo and moved her case to the Acheng Court, he didn't list the money as prosecution evidence either.
When talking to Ms. Luo's lawyer and her family, the judge at Acheng Court made it very clear that the money confiscated by the police had nothing to do with the case.
As Ms. Luo's son needs the money for his family business, he found officer Gao after her court hearing on December 7, 2018 and asked for the money again.
This time, Gao said that they would return the money after the judge issues the verdict.
It was recently confirmed that Ms. Luo has been sentenced to 1.5 years in prison for not renouncing her faith, but the police still haven't returned the money to her family.