Hebei Man Faces Trial for His Faith, Daughter Testifies to His Character
(Minghui.org) A Zhangjiakou City, Hebei Province, man is facing trial for his faith in Falun Gong, an ancient spiritual and meditation discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.
Mr. Yang Jianlu and his wife, Ms. Wang Huijun, were arrested on December 3, 2019, while they were talking to people about Falun Gong at a local market. The police had been monitoring them for days before the arrests. Their home was also ransacked. Although Ms. Wang was released two days later, Mr. Yang has been held at Xuanhua Detention Center ever since.
The police submitted Mr. Yang’s case to the procuratorate in April 2020. When his lawyer called prosecutor Cheng Xing on May 7 to inquire about his case, Cheng said that he was planning to indict Mr. Yang and submit his case to the court in two or three days.
Mr. Yang’s daughter has also applied to defend him in court. She said, “I have to say something when my father is being treated unjustly.”
In her defense script submitted to the court, the young woman testified to her father’s character. She said, “My father follows the universal values of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance. He is kind and considerate. When conflicts arise, he reflects on himself instead of pointing fingers at others.”
She described an incident in which a truck driver left a large bag of cash in her family restaurant after dining in. Her father kept the bag in a secure place and waited for the driver to come back. After confirming that the bag belonged to the truck driver, Mr. Yang returned it to him. The driver was very grateful. He said he couldn’t remember where he’d lost the money and had never expected to get it back, because most people in China now would just pocket the money and never bother to try to find the owner.