Woman in Her 70s Tried for Her Faith, Prosecutor Changes Key Fact in Indictment
(Minghui.org) A woman in her 70s was tried on October 25, 2020, for talking to people about her faith in Falun Gong. Prior to the hearing, the prosecutor changed a key fact in the indictment after the defense lawyer pointed out the witness' violation of the law.
Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is an ancient spiritual and meditation discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.
Ms. Liao Shulan, a resident of Chongqing, went out on the morning of May 13, 2020, and was followed by Wang, a member of the residential committee. After Wang saw Ms. Liao talking to someone about Falun Gong and giving him a booklet, she rushed over, grabbed Ms. Liao’s arm, and reported her to the police.
Ms. Liao was taken to the Duzhou Police Station. The police ransacked her home at 6 p.m. and confiscated her Falun Gong books and materials. They then put Ms. Liao under house arrest and released her at around 9 p.m.
The police later submitted Ms. Liao’s case to the Changshou District Procuratorate, which then transferred it to the Jiangbei District Procuratorate, the designated procuratorate to handle all Falun Gong cases in the region.
After reviewing the case document, Ms. Liao’s lawyer argued that it was illegal for the residential committee staffer to monitor his client. In response, the prosecutor changed the information about Wang in the indictment to say that Wang saw Ms. Liao distributing Falun Gong materials on the street by coincidence.
Ms. Liao appeared in the Jiangbei District Court on October 25, 2020. Her lawyer entered a not guilty plea for her. She was taken to a detention center after the hearing and is awaiting the verdict.