Mr. Cao Dong, a Falun Gong practitioner who graduated from the Foreign Studies University of Beijing, was again arrested and sent to a forced labour camp on June 8th, 2012 after being released from jail less than one year ago. His family and friends hired a lawyer to defend him, but were repeatedly interfered with by Chinese communist authorities.
On Friday, August 31st, Mr. Cao's lawyer, Mr. Li Xiongbing, brought an “Administrative Reconsideration Letter” that he had prepared for Mr. Cao to sign to the Dongcheng Branch Station Detention Centre. Detention authorities refused to allow Mr. Cao to sign the paperwork, claiming that their duty was to detain people and that, in order for the lawyer to meet with his client, he had get approval from the Commission of Labour Camps in Beijing.
On Monday, September 3rd, Mr. Cao's lawyer went to the Commission of Labour Camps in Beijing to submit the “Administrative Reconsideration Letter” and asked to meet with his client so that he could sign the document. The receptionist told him to go home and wait for a response. Feeling helpless, the lawyer left. After, Mr. Cao's family and friends waited anxiously for the response.
On the morning of Tuesday, September 4th, when Mr. Cao's family rushed to the Dongcheng Detention Centre in the Qiliqu District to inquire if Mr. Cao was still there, they were told that he was. In fact, on August 28th, Mr. Cao had already been transferred to the Men's Labour Camp of Xin'an in Beijing. That's to say, on August 31st, when his lawyer went to the detention centre to see him, he had already been re-located. But the detention authorities intentionally concealed the truth so that Mr. Cao's lawyer and his family would waste their time going back and forth between the detention centre and the Commission of Labour Camps and miss the “Administrative Reconsideration Period” deadline, which was September 7th.
That same day, Mr. Cao's lawyer received a phone call from the Commission of Labour Camps of Beijing, denying the lawyer's request to see his client.
On Wednesday, September 5th, at about 9 a.m., Mr. Cao's lawyer and his family went to the Men's Labour Camp of Xin'an and requested to see Mr. Cao so he could sign the “Administrative Reconsideration” document. After much effort, at about 10 a.m., Mr. Cao's lawyer was finally able to see him. Their meeting took place in a room inside the labour camp, and it was monitored by the police from the labour camp. They spoke for about an hour.
Mr. Cao's “Administrative Reconsideration Letter” pointed out that the Commission of Labour Camp's decision to sentence Mr. Cao lacked factual basis and went beyond the scope of the law, that the Commission itself has violated the Constitution and the rules of the communist authorities. Consequently, his case should be revoked and his freedom restored immediately.
Six years ago, Mr. Cao met with the Vice Chairman of the European Parliament, Mr. McMillan-Scott, and described to him the cruel persecution that he, his wife, and other practitioners had suffered. Shortly after that, he was arrested by the communist authorities and sentenced to five years in jail. His wife, Ms. Young Xiaojing, was repeatedly subjected to long-term labour camp terms, and, because of the persecution, had become homeless. She died on October 1st, 2009. Mr. Cao was released from jail on September 28th, 2011.
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