(Minghui.org) An elementary school teacher in Li County, Hebei Province was tried through a teleconference by the Gaoyang Court on May 12, 2020, for her faith in Falun Gong, a mind-body practice that has been persecuted by the Chinese Communist Party since 1999.

Ms. Zhu Surong’s lawyer entered a not guilty plea for her. He pointed out that it was illegal for the police to ransack his client’s home without a search warrant and that they had failed to provide a list of items confiscated from her as required by law. During the second home raid, the police scaled her fence and broke in.

Ms. Zhu also testified that the police interrogated her and forced her to admit having distributed Falun Gong materials. After the interrogation, the police turned off the surveillance cameras and held her hand to press her fingerprints on the interrogation record.

Li Wenzhou, the village secretary, testified against Ms. Zhu that he heard from several people saying Ms. Zhu had distributed Falun Gong materials at local markets. But when asked who told him that, Li responded that it had been a long time and he couldn’t remember it.

Ms. Zhu was arrested on October 11, 2019, and has been held in the Baoding Detention Center ever since. More than 300 local villagers signed a petition within a few days following her arrest, demanding that the authorities release her.

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