Mr. Wen Hongjun's Elderly Mother and Disabled Wife Thrown Out of Court for Demanding His Release from the Ji County Detention Centre

Mr. Wen Hongjun is a Falun Gong practitioner from Gaobeidian, Hebei Province. He went into exile to avoid further persecution from local police and eventually settled in Ji County, Tianjin City, where he made a living repairing electronics. A group of agents from the Ji County Domestic Security Division and from the Jiliu Police Station arrested him on September 28th, 2009. Ji County Court officials subsequently tried him on February 5th and April 2nd. His lawyer defended his innocence at both trials, but the court adjourned both sessions without delivering a verdict. He is still incarcerated in the Ji County Detention Centre.

Wen Hongjun's mother is in her 80s, and his disabled wife has epilepsy. His sudden arrest left the two women without any income. They had to return to their hometown in Gaobeidian. His mother slipped and fell twice, severely hurting her back. Now that her husband is not with her, Mr. Wen's wife's seizures have become more frequent. Unable to take care of herself, she was in despair and tried to take her own life one month ago. Fortunately she was resuscitated.

The two women travelled close to 100 miles from their hometown to Ji County to demand their loved one's release. Around noon on August 3rd, the court bailiffs carried them out of the courthouse and threw them out on the pavement.

Ji County 610 Office Head: Zhao Qingguo, 86-13803052697

Ji County Court head: Lan Weimin, 86-22-82853156

Ji County Court deputy heads: Li Xudong, 86-13920500623; Sun Zhanguo, 86-22-29032968; Qiu Guifu, 86-22-82860011

Judge: Zhang Xiaoping, 86-22-89110351

Public Prosecutor: Sun Shuying, 86-22-29125651

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