Elderly Woman Sues Finance Ministry, Court Cancels Hearing
Ms. Wang Xiuying, a Beijing petitioner in her 80’s, has sued
the Ministry of Finance for refusing to disclose information
about aid given to North Korea.
The Beijing Intermediate People’s Court accepted the case
and decided to hold a hearing on October 8.
On Oct. 8th, after Ms. Wang got by all of the police,
she arrived in court, but was told the trial was cancelled
The excited members of the media allowed to
sit in on the hearing were speechless.
In Dec. 2012, 82-year-old Ms. Wang Xiuying requested the
Ministry of Finance to publicize information.
She requested information about the supplements that China
sent to North Korea between 2011 and 2012.
She was told such information is a state secret.
In May, Ms. Wang sued the Ministry of Finance
and the court accepted the case.
The hearing was scheduled for 2:00 pm on Oct. 8.
On Sept. 29, Ms. Wang’s daughter Wang Fengxian received
a phone call telling her that the Court won’t hear the case.
Wang Fengxian asked that they carry out the legal procedures,
but replied in vain.
At noon on Oct. 8, Wang Xiuying and her daughter were
blocked by police officers from the Beijing Baizhifang
police station when they prepared to go to court.
Wang Fengxian: “esterday morning, there was a police car
blocking people when I got up.
We left at 12:20pm, but were stopped by police on the way
to court, and they had more officers arrive.
We were deadlocked for an hour until someone posted to their
Twitter that the police wouldn’t let an old lady go to court.
At around 1:15pm, the policemen withdrew and we drove to
court, and arrived at 2pm."
When they arrived at court on time, the court clerk only stated
orally that court would not be in session until further notice.
Many media reporters permitted to sit in were left dumbstruck.
Wang Fengxian: “The clerk who issued a lot of people permits
to sit in said this was a mistake, saying: We don’t give permits
if we know ahead of time that it’s cancelled."
So, before this, why did Beijing court accept the case?
Wang Fengxian and others agreed that this might be
a mistake from the court.
Why does Ms. Wang Xiuying want the Ministry of Finance to
publish this information on aid to North Korea?
Wang Fengxian: “Frankly speaking, we are just petitioners.
We knew that lower class citizens have a hard life.
Under such a circumstance, we still supported North Korea.
However, they used our support to produce nuclear weapons.
The Chinese regime gave away our money,
we have the right to know how our money has been used."
Beijing activist Li Xuehui is helping with Ms. Wang’s case.
He told NTD that the result of Ms. Wang’s lawsuit
isn’t important, but the procedure is.
They want to see how badly the CCP reacts.
Beijing activist Li Xuehui:
“What kind of country is China?
What is the state of society now?
It will be reflected from this case.
I think the best result is that we lose the case,
the second best result is that the hearing isn’t held,
the third is that we win the case.
If we lose the case, it proves that the judiciary is unjust.
Now they chose to cancel the trial,
which also proved that they are not a true judiciary."
Ms. Wang Xiuying and Li Xuehui have also requested that
the National Administration for the Protection of State Secrets
publicize information on aid given to North Korea,
including the amount of goods and funds sent.
They asked, do these issues belong to state secrets?
What is the degree of secrecy?
How long will these secrets be kept for?
They have yet to receive any response.
Li Xuehui:"Then we asked the National Bureau of Statistics
to release the information.
We asked them what the standard of poverty is.
How much of China’s population lives in poverty?
China has so many people living in poverty,
but the regime sends funds to support North Korea,
and yet North Korea uses these funds to do nuclear tests,
firing missiles, threatening Asian and world peace."
Li Xuehui says that he and Ms. Wang Xiuying are petitioners,
the lowest class citizens who face many judicial injustices,
and no one pays attention to them.
Wang Fengxian says that their home was
forcibly demolished in 2001,
her mother complained to the government,
but they didn’t want to deal with it.
Ms. Wang later went to Tiananmen and Zhongnanhai,
unfolding banners to protest,
but authorities still haven’t dealt with her mistreatment.
During the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Ms. Wang Xiuying
applied for permission to hold a parade to draw public attention.
However, police sentenced the 77-year-old Ms. Wang
to one year in jail.
At that time, Ms. Wang was blind in one eye,
and her other eye’s visual acuity is only 0.01.