采访/李莲 编辑/宋风 后制/肖颜
Ignoring the Law: “300 Fingerprint” Wang Xiaodong Falsely Sentenced.
The Incident of ‘300 Fingerprint signatures’
to support Wang Xiaodong shocked high levels of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Wang Xiaodong has been illegally
sentenced to 3 years in jail.
Before holding a court hearing with Wang Xiaodong,
the Chinese regime illegally fired Wang’s defense lawyer.
It did not allow his family members to defend him in court.
Experts have highlighted that the CCP never dares
to use legal proceedings to sentence Falun Gong practitioners, otherwise they would all be acquitted.
On August 14, deputy director of Botou Detention Center,
notified Wang Xiaodong’s family members of
his three year jail sentence.
The family asked if Wang wanted to appeal, and asked
for the verdict, but were declined until August 20.
On February 25 2012, Botou city National Security
personnel kidnapped Falun Gong practitioner Wang Xiaodong upon finding a CD case.
Afterwards, more than 300 village members
put their fingerprints on a petition.
The petition had the official stamp of the villagers’ committee,
requesting the the release of good citizen Wang Xiaodong.
It is reported that “the Brave 300” shocked the CCP Politburo.
The 300 signatures were passed as an inside document
amongst Standing Committee members.
Botou City Court began a court session
for the Wang Xiaodong case on July 18.
According to informed sources at the scene, streets
in front of the court were heavily guarded at 8am.
People and cars were not allowed to get close.
Many uniformed and plainclothes police,
and 7 or 8 police vehicles, were stationed nearby.
Wang Xiaodong’s sister Wang Junqin
spoke with NTD Television.
The defense lawyer the family hired was not there.
Two court appointed lawyers attended instead.
Wang Junqin: “Wang Xiaodong asked why the two
Beijing lawyers we hired aren’t here?
The presiding judge did not allow him to speak.
Then my mom said, we hired two lawyers
from Beijing, not these two lawyers. They did not allow us to speak again.
Afterwards he said if we kept talking,
then we would be thrown out of court.”
Wang Houqin said that they hired attorneys Cheng Hai
and Li Changming from Beijing City.
Mainland Human Rights lawyer Liu Xiaoyuan: “The court
cannot ask the defendant to let their attorneys go.
The court took the initiative to hire the lawyer.
The defendant must agree to appoint a lawyer.
It is absolutely against the law for the court to hire a lawyer
without considering whether the defendant is ok with it or not.”
Liu Xiaoyuan points out that in many cases,
the presiding judge will play tricks.
They will say that if the defendant agrees to switch
lawyers, his/her sentence would be less severe. This is also illegal.
According to information, Chinese authorities played
many tricks concerning Wang Xiaodong’s court trial.
On July 2 and 3, the Fuzhen secretary and village chief
threatened Wang’s mother to change thei lawyer.
The village cadres said,
“the order came from the Provincial level.”
However, attorney Cheng Hai told Wang’s family members
that Botou City Court presiding judge notified Wang’s mother
on the 17 that trial would take place the next day.
It stated that only two people were
allowed to be present as observers.
On the same day, Botou City Public Security
warned local Falun Gong practitioners.
It told them they were not allowed to listen in on the trial.
Aside from this, starting on May 15, four work groups
from the Botou City, Fuzhen Government began harassing villagers whose names were on the petition.
They even put Wang Xiaodong’s sister, Wang Xiaomei, and
the petition organizer, into re-education through forced labor.
Liu Xiaoyuan highlighted that Wang Xiaomei
was gathering signatures to help with her brother’s case.
She did not break any laws, hence it is illegal
to put her into re-education through forced labor.
Current Affairs Commentator Xing Tianxing: “The way
the CCP handles the entire Falun Gong persecution is illegal.
They don’t care about the law at all.
It was like that from the very beginning.
Why are they afraid to use the normal court
proceedings and let Wang hire his lawyer?
Because they know clearly in their hearts, these people
who deal with the law all know, it is them who are committing crimes against the law.”
Xing Tianxing points out that although current laws in China
only represent the will of the CCP,
if these laws and normal proceedings were used to judge
Falun Gong practitioners, then all of them would be acquitted.