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Minghui: Charges against Falun Gong Practitioners Dismissed due to “Changes in Legal and Judicial Interpretation”

Minghui, an overseas website that contains first person reports about the persecution against Falun Gong practitioners in China, recently published reports about court cases against Falun Gong practitioners that were, based on the court papers, dismissed due to “changes in the legal and judicial interpretation of the case.” Below is a brief summary of each case.

On August 23, 2015, Xue Yuying, a Falun Gong practitioner from Huangdao district of Qingdao City, Shandong Province was arrested for disseminating Falun Gong truth clarification material at the public market in the Town of Baoshan in Huangdao district. On April 22, 2016, the court held the first hearing on Xue’s case. Xue’s defense lawyer presented the argument at the hearing and demanded Xue’s immediate release, but the court did not make any decision on that day. On March 27, 2017, Xue was released on bail pending a second trial date. On the morning of July 20, 2017, Xue received a court paper from the People’s procuratorate of Huangdao district in Qingdao City, Shandong Province stating that her trial was dismissed due to a “change in the legal and judicial interpretation of the case.”

Zhang Zhe, Li Xiaojun, and Sun Yanping from Jiaozuo City of Henan Province were arrested in 2016 for filing criminal complaints against former leader Jiang Zemin for launching the persecution against Falun Gong practitioners. On July 28, 2017, all three of them were released and sent back home. They had been imprisoned for over one year and subjected to torture and inhuman treatment in prison. The court papers noted that their cases were dismissed due to a “change in the legal and judicial interpretation of the case.”

Cai Wei, a Falun Gong practitioner from Fushun City of Liaoning Province was taken into custody on September 23, 2016. Cai was released on bail four days later. On December 28, 2016, the first trial ended with verdict of a three year prison term and a 10,000 yuan fine for “obstruction of the law.” Cai disagreed and immediately filed an appeal. On March 22, 2017, the court issued a statement to withdraw the case against Cai, citing a “change in the legal and judicial interpretation of the case”.

According to the statistics that the Minghui website released, during the first six months of 2017, 54 Falun Gong practitioners from 21 provinces were released from prison and 97 trial cases were dismissed.