In Spite of Pressure, Lawyer Defends Falun Dafa Practitioner Zhang Qiyong in Illegal Trial in Chongqing City of China

Zhang Qiyong, a Falun Dafa practitioner from Qijiang County of Chongqing City in China is facing an illegal trial, and his lawyer, Wang Ruirong, faces pressure for defending a Falun Gong case.

Since the persecution of Falun Gong started on July the 20th,1999 in China, lawyers have been denied the right to defend Falun Gong practitioners. Although there are court-appointed lawyers, they are only allowed to conduct a "defence" in accordance with pre-determined results ordered by the court. They are not allowed to raise objections to the public prosecutor's arguments. If they don't comply, they risk invalidation of their right to practice law, revocation of their license, and even detention. In some places, a few lawyers are allowed to accept Falun Gong cases, but this is only for show.

Falun Dafa practitioner Zhang Qiyong was arrested near the Botanical Garden in Yubei District of Chongqing City on the 13st of May, 2004. He has now been detained for four months in cell 19 of the Qijiang County (Development District) Detention Centre, along with death row inmates and hardened criminals. He has been shackled, handcuffed and has been subjected to the "Death Bed" torture. [a form of torture where the person is tied to a bed with his hands handcuffed above his head and to the bed rails, and their legs are tied together with thin nylon ropes. The rope is then tightly wrapped around the persons body and the bed, from his legs to his chest. The rope is wrapped so tightly that the person has difficulty breathing and eventually loses consciousness.]

Zhang Qiyong's family went through a lot of trouble to employ Wang Ruirong from the Ruihai Law Office in Chongqing City. When the lawyer asked to see her client, the detention centre dodged, evaded, and stalled for time using all sorts of excuses. When Wang Ruirong met Zhang Qiyong for the first time in the detention centre on the 1st of June, 2004, she asked the guards to remove his shackles and handcuffs, not to treat her client like a death row inmate, and to stop torturing him.

Lawyer Wang Ruirong, who is over seventy, made her reputation defending people who were branded as criminals simply for having fallen out of favour with the politics issued by the regime.

On the 4th of June, the police from Qijiang County Police Department threatened Zhang Qiyong's stepmother, Wang Zaifen, and made her sign a document facilitating the arrest of Zhang Qiyong. The police harassed Wang Zaifen and other family members of Zhang Qiyong, again and again using the pretext of "investigating and collecting evidence." They even forced Zhang Qirong's father, who is a train conductor, out of his job.

The address of the Chongqing City Ruihai Law Office (Wang Ruirong's office):

Building A 2-1 Hengtongyunding International Apartments
No. 51 Minquan Road, Yuzhong District, Chongqing City
Wang Ruirong's lawyer certificate No.: 9781210339
Wang Ruirong: 86-23-63702866, 86-23-63845820, 86-13628394297 (Cell); 86-23-63845820 (Fax);
Zhang Qiyong's home address
No. 141-22 Mujiawan
Development District Qijiang County Chongqing City
tel: 86-23-85887483

Other relevant addresses:

Chongqing City Police Department/Chongqing City State Security Bureau:
No. 1 Linjiang Road, Yuzhong District, Chongqing City
Longxi Township Police Station, Yubei District:
No. 116 Hongshi Road, Yubei District, Chongqing City
Director of Division No. 1 of the Qijiang County Police Department: Xie Qiang 86-23-85883092 (Office);
Head of Qijiang County State Security Brigade: Mr. Li: 86-23-85883091 (Office);
Duty Office of Qijiang County Police Department: 86-23-85883000;
Duty Office of Qijiang County State Security Brigade: 86-23-85883091;
Secretary of the Political and Judiciary Committee: Zhu Mingjiang 86-23-48663231 (Office);
86-23-48618816 (Home) 86-13709409388 (Cell);
Duty Office of Political and Judiciary Committee: 86-23-48662561;
Director of Qijiang County Development District Detention Centre: Zhang Xingpeng
Political Instructor of the Qijiang County Development District Detention Centre: Zhang Changyu 86-23-85883222, 86-13883686226,(Cell);
Duty Office of Qijiang County Development District Detention Centre: 86-23-85883360;
Ex-director of Division No. 1 at the Qijiang County Police Department: Zhang Kaifu 86-13883137666 (Cell);
Qijiang County Branch China Life Insurance Co. LTD: 86-23-48653114

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