|The Zambian High Court issued an arrest warrant for Gansu Provincial Committee Secretary Su Rong after he failed to answer to charges of murder and torture of Falun Gong practitioners.|
Su Rong, the former head of Jilin Province’s “6-10 Office” and current Gansu Province Communist Party Secretary, was part of a Chinese delegation that was travelling to several African nations. Upon his arrival in Zambia on November 4, individual plaintiffs filed a civil lawsuit charging him with accounts of murder, torture, and degrading treatment of Falun Gong practitioners.
That afternoon a Zambian High Court Marshall served defendant Su with the court papers. The next day, the court ordered that Su must remain in the country pending a hearing on November 8. The Zambia border authority was notified of the court order.
After defendant Su failed to appear in court, a hearing date was set for November 13. Su was charged with “Contempt of Court,” a criminal offense under Zambian law, which follows the British tradition.
When Su once again failed to appear, the Court issued an arrest warrant and dispatched forces to search for him.
Zambia border authority records indicate that the defendant is still in the country, although sources working on the case in Zambia say Su has already “snuck out of the country.” According to these sources, Su told his counsel that he will never leave China again.
Su had been in charge of Jilin’s “6-10 Office,” a plain-clothes police task force responsible for the arrest and brainwashing of Falun Gong practitioners. The deaths of at least 139 Falun Gong practitioners from state abuse have been verified in Jilin, making it the second most notorious province in China behind Heilongjiang’s 158 deaths.
Su’s case is the latest in a series of 50 lawsuits served against Chinese officials for persecuting and defaming Falun Gong. (full list)
This is the second African case, the first being in Tanzania, where former Minister of Education Chen Zhili was sued in early August. Chen attended a court hearing before fleeing the country.
In most cases against visiting Chinese delegates, the defendants have typically immediately fled the country without denying the charges.
NEWS– Nov.19, 2004
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