Luo Gan Faced a Criminal Lawsuit in Finland

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Following the Icelandic criminal lawsuit against Luo Gan, head of China's "Falun Gong Control Office" ("the 610 Office"), on charges of persecuting Falun Gong, the Finnish human right lawyer Mr. Erkki Kannsto filed a criminal lawsuit against Luo Gan with the National Criminal Prosecutor Office and the Police Department in Helsinki on September 11 2003, on the charges of “cruel torture” and “genocide.”

On Luo Gan’s current tour to Europe, human rights lawyers in both of his first 2 stops, Iceland and Finland, have filed charges against him. Plaintiffs in this lawsuit include the Finnish Falun Dafa Association, Australian citizen Dai Zhizhen and the internationally acclaimed traditional Chinese artist Zhang Cuiying. Dai Zhizhen’s husband was persecuted to death in a public security prison under Luo Gan’s jurisdiction, because he refused to give up practising Falun Gong. Zhang Cuiying was illegally arrested and incarcerated for eight months after she went back to China to clarify the truth about Falun Gong to the central government. Zhang was finally released after efforts from the Australian government.

After the submission of the lawsuit to the Criminal Prosecutor’s Office and Police Department, the Falun Gong representatives together with Mr. Erkki Kannsto held a press conference announcing the news. They exposed the crimes of the Jiang-Luo gang to the media, which have been committed during the systematic and cruel persecution of Falun Gong by implementing the policies of “defaming their reputation, bankrupting them financially, and destroying them physically" through nationwide “610 Offices.”

The Finnish Office of the Prosecutor General and the Police Department immediately carried out an investigation into the case after accepting the lawsuit. The Jiang-Luo gang has imposed pressure on the Finnish government through diplomatic channels in an attempt to stop the Finnish authorities’ investigation into the case by claiming Luo has diplomatic immunity. Nevertheless, it has attracted more concern from media and the general public. Prosecutors are currently referring to international conventions on diplomatic immunity.


Translated from Chinese at http://www.yuanming.net/articles/200309/24150.html

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