Unscrupulous Judge: Tears Up Practitioner's Petition for Appeal, Slaps the Defence Attorney in the Face

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Lawyer Mr. Wang Quanzhang pleaded not guilty for Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Miao Fu from Dongning County, Heilongjiang Province in June of this year. In view of Miao Fu having been tortured to extort a confession, he asked the court to invoke the "illegal evidence exclusion procedure.” Unexpectedly, this triggered roars from Judge Wang Chuanfa from the Dongning County Court. On August 31st, 2012, when Wang Quanzhang went to the detention centre to handle Mr. Miao Fu’s appeal matters, he met Wang Chuanfa. This time Wang Chuanfa even rushed forward and slapped Wang Quanzhang in the face.

According to Wang Quanzhang’s description, Wang Chuanfa not only shamelessly called himself a "bandit," who "just didn't know how to start an illegal evidence exclusion procedure,” but he also insulted Wang Quanzhang by calling him a “dog” and clamoured "I won't allow you to see Miao Fu.” He even insolently admitted, "I have torn up Miao Fu’s petition for appeal!”

For more than a decade since the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) started its persecution of Falun Gong, in a remote small town in Dongning County, Judge Wang Chuanfa has executed orders from the 610 Office (an organisation of special agents just for persecuting Falun Gong) and sentenced Falun Gong practitioners at will. His action when he abused and beat Lawyer Wang Quanzhang exposed his ugliness in broad daylight.

Incident Process

On January 9th, 2012, police officers from the Domestic Security Team in Dongning County arrested Falun Gong practitioners Xu Yili, Cao Wenbo, Lv Yulan, Zhang Guiqin, Xiao Hua, Wang Xihe, and Liang Junzhi. On the morning of February 2nd, their family members went to the police department to ask for their release. However, officers from the Domestic Security Team arrested Miao Fu, who had accompanied his family members during this process.

Lin Xiaowei from the Domestic Security Team in Dongning County tortured Miao Fu in order to get a confession from him, which caused injury to Miao Fu’s brain. As a result, he lost much of his memory, had difficulty walking, and was black and blue all over his body.

On June 27th, the Dongning County Court held a trial for eight Falun Gong practitioners. Five lawyers defended these practitioners and pleaded not guilty. Wang Quanzhang from the Zhenbang Law Firm in Beijing was Miao Fu’s defence lawyer. In light of Miao Fu’s torture, he asked the court to start the "illegal evidence exclusion procedure.”

Throughout the process, Judge Wang Chuanfa not only repeatedly interrupted the defense attorney when he was speaking, but shamelessly roared in the court. He also said, "I don't need to start an illegal evidence exclusion procedure at all, and I don't know how to start an illegal evidence exclusion procedure!"

On August 9th, 2012, the Dongning County Court secretly sentenced these eight practitioners to prison, without notifying their families or their defense lawyers. Miao Fu was illegally sentenced to eight years; Cao Wenbo, Wang Xihe and Xiao Hua were sentenced to three years individually; Lv Yulan and Liang Zhijun were sentenced to two years; and Xu Yili and Zhang Guiqin were sentenced to one and a half years. Miao Fu requested an appeal.

In mid-August 2012, several family members of the arrested practitioners went to the detention centre and asked if other family members had appealed. Li Maoxiang, head of the detention centre replied that only Xiao Hua had appealed. Miao Fu’s family members found it very strange because Miao Fu’s lawyer had gone to the detention centre to meet with him and Miao Fu had signed the appeal papers. However, the guard at the detention centre did not acknowledge Miao Fu’s appeal. They later found out that Miao Fu’s appeal papers had been torn up by Wang Chuanfa.

On August 31st, Wang Chuanfa met Lawyer Wang Quanzhang in the detention centre. He abused and slapped Wang Quanzhang in the face and did not allow him to see Miao Fu. He also admitted, “I tore up Miao Fu’s petition for appeal.”

Miao Fu Tortured

It has been reported by several sources that after Miao Fu was detained in the detention centre he was beaten until he lost consciousness. Finally, the guards were afraid being held responsible, so they transferred him to another room. At that time, Miao Fu’s hair and beard were very long and he was emaciated. Even so, the guards still tied him to a bed. The criminal inmates requested that Miao Fu not be tied up, but the guards still tortured him and tied him up with his limbs spread in a bed for over a month.

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