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China Officials Indicted for Genocide and Torture by Spanish Court

Posted by Author on November 19, 2009


By John Nania, Epoch Times Staff, Nov 18, 2009 –

Five high-ranking Chinese officials have been indicted in Spain for genocide and torture of Falun Gong practitioners.

As reported by The Epoch Times online and in Monday’s print edition, the five officials of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) include Jiang Zemin, the former top man in the Party, and Luo Gan, head of the notorious 610 Office, a nationwide secret police task force that has led the violent campaign against Falun Gong.

Additional details were announced Wednesday in a press release by the Falun Dafa Information Center, on behalf of the Human Rights Law Foundation (HRLF), which is heading the legal effort in Spain. Carlos Iglesias is the HRLF attorney on the case in Spain.

“When one carries out the crime of genocide or torture, it is a crime against the international community as a whole and not only against Chinese citizens,” Iglesias said.

For committing the crime of genocide, the defendants face imprisonment for up to 20 years and may be economically liable to the victims for damages. Based on the magnitude of the crimes committed by the defendants, they are likely to face the maximum 20-year penalty for their crimes.

According to the press release, the defendants have 4-6 weeks to reply and could subsequently face extradition if they travel to a country that has an extradition treaty with Spain. The decision was taken under the legal principle of universal jurisdiction, which allows domestic courts to hear cases of genocide and crimes against humanity regardless of where they occur.

Falun Gong is a traditional Chinese spiritual discipline that was practiced by 100 million people in China before it was banned in July 1999 by the CCP. It was initially supported by the CCP as promoting health and social harmony, but was suddenly declared illegal and subsequently violently persecuted, largely on the decision of Jiang Zemin, one of the defendants in the case in Spain.

The court also took a historic step in being the first to legally recognize the persecution against Falun Gong as amounting to genocide.

The Epoch Times

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Spanish Court Indicts 5 Top Communist Party Officials for Torture, Genocide of Falun Gong

Posted by Author on November 19, 2009


Falun Dafa Information Center, 18 Nov 2009 –

NEW YORK – In an unprecedented decision, a Spanish judge has indicted five high-ranking Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials for their role in crimes of torture and genocide committed against Falun Gong practitioners. Among the defendants is former CCP head Jiang Zemin, widely acknowledged as the chief instigator of the campaign to “eradicate” the spiritual practice.

Following a two-year investigation, Spanish National Court Judge Ismael Moreno last week notified attorney Carlos Iglesias of the Human Rights Law Foundation (HRLF) that the court had granted a petition to indict the defendants on charges of torture and genocide. According to the notice, for committing the crime of genocide, the defendants face imprisonment for up to 20 years and may be economically liable to the victims for damages.

The Judge’s notification also stated that the court had granted a petition to send rogatory letters (letter of request) to the five defendants in China with questions relating to each individual’s involvement in the persecution of Falun Gong. The decisions followed a series of submissions to the court by Iglesias and other HRLF staff.

The defendants have 4-6 weeks to reply and could subsequently face extradition if they travel to a country that has an extradition treaty with Spain. The decision was taken under the legal principle of universal jurisdiction, which allows domestic courts to hear cases of genocide and crimes against humanity regardless of where they occur.

“This historic decision by a Spanish judge means that Chinese Communist Party leaders responsible for brutal crimes are now one step closer to being brought to justice,” said Iglesias. “When one carries out the crime of genocide or torture, it is a crime against the international community as a whole and not only against Chinese citizens. Spain is emerging as a defender of human rights and universal justice.”

Among the accused are former CCP leader Jiang Zemin, widely acknowledged as the primary instigator of the campaign launched in 1999 to “eradicate” Falun Gong. Also facing charges is Luo Gan, who oversaw the 610 Office, a nationwide secret police task force that has led the violent campaign. Chinese lawyers have compared the 6-10 Office to Nazi Germany’s Gestapo in its brutality and extra-legal authority.

The other three accused are Bo Xilai, current Party Secretary for Chongqing and former Minister of Commerce; Jia Qinglin, the fourth-highest member of the Party hierarchy; and Wu Guanzheng, head of an internal Party disciplinary committee. The charges against them are based on their proactive advancement of the persecution against Falun Gong when they served as top officials in Liaoning, Beijing, and Shandong respectively. In a Pulitzer prize-winning article, The Wall Street Journal’s Ian Johnson describes how Wu imposed fines on his subordinates if they did not sufficiently crackdown on Falun Gong, leading officials to torture local residents, in some cases, to death. (news)

Other evidence considered by the judge during his investigation included written testimonies from fifteen Falun Gong practitioners and oral testimonies from seven practitioners, including torture victims and relatives of individuals who had been killed in Chinese custody. The judge also relied on reports by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the U.N. Human Rights Commission to reach his decision, HRLF attorney Iglesias said.

To arrange for an interview with attorney Iglesias or one of the witnesses, please contact the Falun Dafa Information Center or the Human Rights Law Foundation.

Falun Dafa Information Center

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Canada Court Limits China Intervention in Lawsuit Againsts Former Communist Head

Posted by Author on December 5, 2007


By Jason Loftus, Epoch Times Toronto Staff, Nov 29, 2007-

TORONTO— A China-based lawyers group backed by the communist regime will be allowed to join a torture lawsuit in Ontario against former communist party leader Jiang Zemin, but not without some heavy restrictions.

The All-China Lawyers Association, which earlier said it wanted the case against Jiang dismissed, will be limited to a 20-page submission on the application of Canada’s State Immunity Act.

ACLA was seeking friend-of-the-court status in a lawsuit waged by six Canadian residents who were tortured in China for their belief in Falun Gong, a spiritual practice persecuted by the Chinese regime.

The plaintiffs argued that ACLA is a front for the Chinese Communist Party. They said allowing ACLA to join the suit would permit Jiang, former communist party chairman, to defend the case while protecting him from costs in a losing judgment. (Jiang has not replied to the suit.)

They also warned that ACLA could attempt to derail the case with lengthy submissions.

In a ruling released Friday, Madam Justice Maureen Forestell noted there likely exists a strong relationship between ACLA and the defendants, which includes Jiang and four other high-ranking Chinese officials who have played key roles in the eight-year persecution of Falun Gong.

She said ACLA would be forbidden from submitting evidence or making arguments on the case and that ACLA could be on the hook for costs if it lengthens the proceedings.

But she allowed the organization to argue on immunity, something she said the court would need to assess anyway.

Kate Kempton, the plaintiffs’ Toronto lawyer told The Epoch Times she was pleased with the decision.

“We had obviously hoped to succeed in preventing ACLA to intervene, but the court ordered quite a limited intervention, and we are happy about that,” Kempton said.

The four officials named in the suit together with Jiang include Li Lanqing, Luo Gan, Liu Jing, and Wang Maolin, all top officials who lived at the communist leadership compound in Beijing. They are widely seen as key supporters of Jiang’s persecution of the group, which began in 1999.

The plaintiffs argue that the officials “abused their positions as top officials of the Chinese Communist Party” to carry out a “campaign of terror.”

They argue that the officials acted outside of Chinese and international law and thus are not entitled to immunity.

Among the plaintiffs is Zhang Kunlun, an art professor and Canadian citizen who was imprisoned and tortured with electric shocks when he was caught talking to others about Falun Gong on a return visit to China.

Zhang was rescued with the help of a campaign by Amnesty International and intervention by Irwin Cotler, former Canadian minister of justice. He was featured last week in a CBC documentary on the persecution of Falun Gong in which he described his time in a Chinese labour camp as “being in a den of monsters.”

Zhang said guards told him there were orders from Jiang Zemin that they could torture a Falun Gong practitioner to death and simply burry the body outside, calling it a suicide.

The suit is among at least 50 civil and criminal cases that have been filed in 16 regions worldwide. At least 18 have been filed against Jiang, though Jiang has never responded himself to any of the suits.

Government sources say that Jiang has tried to pressure western governments behind the scenes. In several cases, ACLA has intervened attempting to have cases thrown out.

“The Chinese Communist Party is very nervous about the lawsuits filed against the major perpetrators of the persecution of Falun Gong,” says Terri Marsh, a U.S. attorney who has worked on many of the cases.

“That’s the strategy of those officials involved in the persecution—they don’t reply to the lawsuits; they use a proxy to try to have the case dismissed.”

“This is because they know that the defendants are responsible for these crimes,” adds Marsh. “If they were to come to court to defend themselves, they would be held accountable for their crimes.”

A U.S. court rejected three efforts by ACLA to join a lawsuit against the state-run China Central Television network, which has intensively promoted and justified the regime’s repression of Falun Gong.

The six Canadian plaintiffs are seeking $20 million dollars in damages from the five officials. A decision in July 2006 allowed the case to move forward, saying the plaintiffs had done “everything in their power” to serve the claim and that it would be in the interest of justice for the claim to proceed.

– Original report from the Epochtimes: Ontario Court Limits Chinese Intervention in Lawsuit

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Historic Hong Kong Lawsuit Filed Against High-ranking China Officials

Posted by Author on July 6, 2007


By Christine Moon-Counts, Special to The Epoch Times, Jul 04, 2007-

Hong Kong permanent residents Mr. Chu O Ming and Ms. Fu Xueying made history last Thursday when they filed a civil action in the High Court of Hong Kong SAR against three high-ranking Chinese communist officials for torture, illegal imprisonment, and persecuting Falun Gong.

This is the first time that high officials of the People’s Republic of China (P.R.C.) have been sued in Hong Kong, the area outside Mainland China housing the largest Chinese population, and which is within the jurisdiction of the P.R.C.

Theresa Chu, an international human rights attorney and Asia Director for Human Rights Law Foundation, believes this lawsuit is critical: “whether Hong Kong truly wants to uphold human rights and the rule of law and whether its courts truly want to maintain independence will be further tested and confirmed with this lawsuit against Jiang.”

Defendant Jiang Zemin is the former Chairman of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), and initiated and directed the campaign to eradicate Falun Gong since 1999, using the resources of the Party.

Defendant Li Lanqing is the former Premier of the P.R.C. who implemented and micromanaged the persecution.

Defendant Luo Gan is a Standing Committee Member of the CCP Politburo and personally inspected the labor camps across China to ensure that all levels of government implemented Jiang’s directive to destroy Falun Gong practitioners.

Mr. Chu, an entrepreneur from China now residing in Hong Kong, was arrested and imprisoned for five years after a secret trial in 2000 for filing a lawsuit with the Supreme People’s Court against then head of state Jiang Zemin and Luo Gan. While in custody, Chu says he was shocked with an electric baton and tortured severely. His appeals to the prison chief and the P.R.C. went unanswered.

In 2003, Ms. Fu was arrested without charge and sentenced secretly to three years in Shenzhen Detention Center and the Women’s Prison of Guangdong Province for distributing VCDs exposing the CCP’s persecution of Falun Gong. While imprisoned, Fu says she was beaten, tortured, and forced to attend brainwashing sessions. To this day she suffers from a skin disease and cannot sit for extended periods of time.

She hopes her lawsuit will bring positive changes: “In order to put an end to the crimes against humanity, in order to safeguard our right to live, and our dignity as human beings, I sincerely hope … every peace-loving individual will participate in this effort, for our own benefit and for the benefit of the … world we live in.”

Owning to the agreement that Hong Kong would be governed according to the principle of “one country, two systems,” local Falun Gong practitioners can engage in lawful activities, which include taking legal action in accordance with the law, something unavailable on the Mainland.

Mr. Chu and Ms. Fu have applied for a writ and leave. The court issued the writ of summons on June 28, which allows the plaintiffs to directly serve process on the three defendants should they travel to Hong Kong. Should the court issue the leave, it would allow the Hong Kong court to send legal documents to Chinese courts to deliver to the three defendants outside of Hong Kong by means of international judicial assistance.

Since 2002, 18 lawsuits have been initiated against these three defendants in 17 countries and territories, making this, as Teresa Chu puts it, “arguably the largest series of international human rights cases in the 21st century.”

– original report from the Epochtimes: Historic Hong Kong Lawsuit Filed Against CCP Officials

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610 Office: China’s Modern Gestapo (4)- The Structure

Posted by Author on October 2, 2006


World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG), Last Updated 06 April 2006– (cont’d)

2. The Structure of the “610 Office”

Under Jiang’s direct order, the CCP Central Committee formally created the “Leadership Team to Deal with the Falun Gong Problem. Li Lanqing, Ding Guangen and Luo Gan were put in charge of the team, with Li Lanqing as the team leader. (2)(Fig.1)

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Fig.1. Beijing Spring 2001(6): A speech at the meeting of the CCP Politburo on how to swiftly handle and solve the “Falun Gong problem.” by Jiang XX. (June 7, 1999)

On June 10, 1999, this leadership team formed an office and called it the “610 Office.”

Liu Jing (7) and Wang Maolin (8) each served as directors of the central “610 Office.” The existence of the Central Committee “610 Office” can be validated by the official documents from the Chinese State Council, other Ministries and local governments as well as Chinese media reports (9).

Following the establishment of the Central Committee “610 Office,” each province, city, county and township quickly formed a corresponding organization, and each of them is called “610 Office.”

After Jiang began to suppress Falun Gong on July 20, 1999, the Central Committee “610 Office” became a permanent organization within the CCP, and was elevated to the level of a Ministry.

The head of each “610 Office” also received an official rank. For example, in Yangquan City, Shanxi Province, the head of the local “610 Office” had the same rank as the head of a county. In the county of Penglai, Shandong Province, the head of the local “610 Office” has the same rank as the director of a Section. (10)

In addition, each university, government organization, and major corporation also formed its own “610 Office.” (11) In one official government document, all central, provincial and city “610 Offices” were mentioned. (12) It is evident that various “610 Offices” were established under the direct order of the CCP Central Committee. The regional commissioner at Simao, Yunnan Province said, “Certain organizations outside the original structure, such as the ‘610 Office,’ must be formed because they were required by the CCP Central Committee and the provincial Committee.”(13)

In China, the Central Committee has all the power. Local governments don’t have any power to make their own decisions or to pass their own laws regarding major policies. The order of the Central Committee is carried out throughout the country, and there is basically no distinction on how the orders are implemented in different regions. (to be cont’d…)

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610 Office: China’s Modern Gestapo (2) – The Establishment

Posted by Author on September 27, 2006


World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG), Last Updated 06 April 2006- (cont’d)

On April 25, 1999, more than ten thousand Falun Gong practitioners held a peaceful appeal in Beijing. That same evening, Jiang Zemin wrote a letter to the members of the CCP Standing Committee and other Chinese top leaders. In the letter, Jiang first made the statement, “The Communist Party must vanquish Falun Gong.” In the letter, he said, “How could it be possible that the Marxist theory that we Communists endorse and the materialism and atheism that we believe in can’t vanquish what Falun Gong propagates? If it were true, wouldn’t we become laughing stocks?”(1)

On June 7, Jiang held a meeting among the Politburo members of the CCP to discuss how to swiftly handle and solve the “Falun Gong problem.” During the meeting, Jiang gave a speech saying, “We must take this issue seriously, do more in-depth research, and take effective countermeasures. The Central Leadership has already agreed to let Comrade Li Lanqing form a leadership team whose sole mission is to deal with the “Falun Gong problem.” Comrade Li Lanqing will be the team leader. Comrades Ding Guangen, Luo Gan and will be the assistant team leaders. Other comrades who are in charge of relevant departments will be members of the team. They will work together to choose and implement procedures, methods and measures to solve the “Falun Gong problem.” The Central Leadership, all the ministries in the government, and all the provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the Central Government must closely cooperate with the team.”(2)

Three days later, on June 10, 1999, the CCP Central Committee formed the “Leadership Team to Deal with the Falun Gong Problem.” Li Lanqing, Luo Gan and others led the team, and the “610 Office” was formed under them. Even though the organization was formed on June 10, 1999, the CCP central leadership and government didn’t officially begin suppressing Falun Gong until more than a month later. (to be cont’d…)

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