Inner Mongolia Man Gets Six Years for His Faith, Court Blocks Appeal
(Minghui.org) A Chifeng City, Inner Mongolia resident was sentenced to six years for practicing Falun Gong. The court didn't inform his lawyer of the sentencing until the window to appeal the verdict had expired.
Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a mind-body discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.
Mr. Wu Jinggang and his mother, in her 70s, were arrested on March 29, 2019. Officers from the Bairin Left Banner Domestic Security Division ransacked their residence and confiscated Mr. Wu's Falun Gong books, computer, printer, as well as 12,000 yuan in cash.
Mr. Wu's mother was later taken back home by his younger sister. Mr. Wu was kept in custody at the Bairin Left Banner Detention Center.
Tian Zhijun, the detention center doctor, brought Mr. Wu to his office on the afternoon of April 17, 2019. He stomped on his face and whipped his chest and back Mr. Wu fainted from the pain. Four officers witnessed the torture.
Mr. Wu appeared in the Bairin Left Banner Court on July 19, 2019. His lawyer entered a not guilty plea for him.
The lawyer called Mr. Wu's family on September 17 to tell them that he was just informed by the court that Mr. Wu was sentenced to six years and that he had a ten-day window to appeal the decision. But by the time the lawyer received the text from the court, the appeal deadline had already passed.