On November 8th 2005, 15 practitioners who were persecuted by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for their practice of Falun Gong have retained lawyer Carlos Iglesias to file a suit against Chinese Commerce Minister Bo Xilai in Madrid's High Court. Bo is charged with committing the crimes of genocide and torture during the persecution of Falun Gong.
|Media interview lawyer Carlos Iglesias|
From 1999 to 2003, Bo Xilai directed and drove the persecution of Falun Gong and directly participated in the genocide when he was mayor of Dalian City, Secretary of Liaoning Provincial CCP Committee and Governor of Liaoning Province. Many times in meetings, he ordered the persecution of Falun Gong. Dalian is one of the worst cities, and Liaoning Province is one of the worst provinces in the persecution.
As of August 2005, in Liaoning Province, at least 341 practitioners have been tortured to death, including Ms. Gao Rongrong who was shocked with electric batons, disfigured and murdered. The notoriously brutal Masanjia Labour Camp is located in Liaoning Province. Bo Xilai, the former governor of Liaoning Province, must be held responsible for these crimes.
After filing the lawsuit, lawyer Carlos Iglesias was interviewed in front of the high court by many Spanish media. He said that nearly 100 hundred million practitioners were persecuted during the last six-years. Many families were broken up, tens of thousands were unlawfully imprisoned and tortured in labour camps, and several thousand practitioners were tortured to death. Under the totalitarian rule of the CCP, practitioners in China had no place to file a complaint, not to mention sue the former CCP's leader who initiated the persecution.
Many Spanish media reported the news. Amnesty International and the UN Human Rights Commission have also verified that these frightful crimes are being committed in China.
Lawyer Carlos Iglesias pointed out that Spain is a democratic country and Spanish courts could try cases of foreign crimes. Bo, the Commerce Minister, is accompanying CCP leader Hu Jintao on state visits to three countries in Europe. The Spanish government has been asked to deny entry to such human rights villains. Mr. Iglesias said, "If he steps on Spanish soil, Spanish jurisdiction has the power to arrest him."
Bo Xilai is scheduled to arrive in Spain on November 13.
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