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Jiansanjiang Lawyers File Complaint Against Illicit Secret Trial
Chaos again arose with the Jiansanjiang case.
On Jan. 8, morning—Jiansanjiang authorities led an illegal,
secret trial against four Falun Gong practitioners.
The trial ended at noon and the verdict is yet to be given.
The court rejected the defendants’ claim of suffering
torture and abuse in the detention center.
Neither the defendants’ families nor their defense lawyers
were notified of the trial.
On the same day, eight defense lawyers filed complaints
to authorities in Harbin and issued an open letter of protest,
demanding the prosecution of all relevant officials.
The Jiansanjiang case first took place in March 2014, when
four human rights lawyers, Tang Jitian, Jiang Tianyong,
Wang Cheng and Zhang Junjie were kidnapped and tortured
in a detention center, during their legal service defending
seven illegally detained Falun Gong practitioners.
Practitioners, Shi Mengwen, Wang Yanxin, Meng Fanli
and Li Guifang are still detained.
The Jiansanjiang Court started the illegal, secret trial
against the four victims at 9:00am on Jan. 8.
The defendants’ families were closely monitored
by authorities the day before the trial.
The lawyers were refused entry into the court room
and the judge ordered the defendants to defend themselves.
Wang Yu, Lawyer: “The court has violated the law in holding
a secret trial; none of the lawyers or families were notified."
“We came to Harbin today to file complaints to the People’s
Congress, the High Court and the Supreme Procuratorate."
The defense lawyers have visited Jiansanjiang three times
since Dec. 17, 2014 to help the Falun Gong practitioners.
On Jan. 7, the day before the trial, the lawyers
had met resistance at Jiansanjiang Court.
Zhang Weiyu, Lawyer: “We went to see the presiding judge
at Jiansanjiang and were asked to see our law permits and ID,
then they wanted to do a body patdown—we really couldn’t
accept it, so we left."
He says they also went to Jiamusi Detention Center to meet
their clients, but were refused due to “court orders".
Lin Qilei, Lawyer: “They are blatantly violating the law.
On Dec. 29 and 30, the three of us met our clients, who
indicated their firm request to entrust us to defend them,
so we visited the court that day and met Judge Wang Jingjun
and submitted our new commission form."
Lin Qilei says, four bailiffs then suddenly showed up, pressed
for registration and security checks, and drove them away.
In the Dec. 19 trial, Judge Wang Jingjun disqualified attorney
Wang Jingjun from defending, due to his cellphone vibrating.
The judge also disqualified attorney Liu Lianho’s defense,
saying he had taken the case without consent of his law firm.
The court also confiscated their computers and U-disks
without ever returning them.
As well as harassing the attorneys, the authorities
also closely monitored the defendants’ families.
Defendant Shi Mengwen’s cousin, Xiaoshi, says
Shi’s parents were monitored by 20 agents.
Xiaoshi: “Shi’s sister was also monitored by two cars at night
and his sister-in-law was also followed by three people."
“Going out for grocery shopping was forbidden, and when
we questioned the agents, they said they would follow us
to go shopping, but mostly we were not allowed to go out."
According to reports by Minghui.org, defendant Meng Fanli’s
sister had gone to the court hearing, but was then abducted
into a police car and detained, along with two other people
who were accompanying her.
After returning home, the local Politics and Law Committee
continued to harass them.
Meng’s sister felt terrified and was unable to
continue paying attention to her sister’s case.
Wang Yu: “We have announced to set up a law assisting
group to follow the authorities’ illegal acts, including illegal
procedures in court and all other offenses."
The lawyers published their letter of protest on Jan. 8
and say they will exhaust all legal means to pursue charges
for the officials to take full responsibility for the illegal acts.
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