Investigative Report on the Persecution of Falun Gong by Wu Yanjun and Ni Kai
Full Name of Perpetrator: Wu (last name) Yanjun (first name) (吴言军)
Date/year of Birth: December 1971
Place of Birth: Unknown
Title or Position:
Before January 2016: President and Judge of the Third Division of Criminal Trial for the Higher People's Court of Liaoning Province
Full Name of Perpetrator: Ni (last name) Kai (first name) (倪凯)
Date/year of Birth: Unknown
Place of Birth: Unknown
Title or Position:
2014 – Present: Vice Chairman of the Second Division of Criminal Court for the Jinzhou City Intermediate People's Court. (No appointment was found. According to a media report, Kai was in this position since 2014.)
The CCP's persecution of Falun Gong has no legal basis, and all Falun Gong practitioners who have been tried illegally have not violated any laws. The CCP kept using the Article 300 of the Criminal Law, "Using Cult Organizations to Violate the Law," to sentence Falun Gong practitioners. However, it has never been proven that any law has been violated. Judges were all aware that all sentences against Falun Gong practitioners were for political reasons. Judges must be held responsible for illegal sentences and their consequences.
During their tenures, Wu Yanjun, president of the Intermediate Court of Jinzhou City, Liaoning Province, and Ni Kai, vice president of the Second Criminal Court, closely followed Jiang Zemin's persecution policy against Falun Gong practitioners. They illegally sentenced Falun Gong practitioners for clarifying the truth of Falun Gong. Without clear proof, enough evidence, or direct witnesses, Falun Gong practitioners were illegally sentenced based on subjective judgments or even personal preferences. For example, Ni Kai hated Falun Gong practitioners for clarifying the truth and always looked for opportunities to retaliate. He claimed that Falun Gong was a political issue. He could sentence the practitioners to as many years as he wanted. Therefore, all Falun Gong practitioners sentenced by them received many years in prison.
According to incomplete statistics, between January 2016 and June 2018, at least 37 Falun Gong practitioners were sentenced illegally in Jinzhou City. Ten of them were sentenced to more than five years, and nine were sentenced to three to four years, including Shao Minggang (six years), Ge Chunying (seven years), and Li Chongfeng (eight years). Many of these Falun Gong practitioners were close to or above 70 years old, including Zhang Rongjin (female, 68 years old, illegally sentenced to 1.5 years), Ma Liguang (female, 68 years old, illegally sentenced to six months), Huang Suqin (female, 69 years old, illegally sentenced to three years), Chen Zaihua (male, 67 years old, illegally sentenced to five years), and Xu Xiuyun (female, 72 years old, illegally sentenced to four years).
Even if the Falun Gong practitioners filed appeals for their sentences, they were always rejected by the intermediate court. For example, after being sentenced to five and three years in the first instance, Falun Gong practitioners Jing Cuizhen and Liu Jing filed appeals but were both rejected. He Tao was illegally sentenced to five years, and the original sentence was maintained after his appeal. Xue Guorui was illegally sentenced to three years in prison, and the original sentence was upheld after the appeal. Falun Gong practitioner Chen Zaihua was sentenced to five years in the first instance, and the original sentence was upheld after the appeal.
From 2016 to 2018, four Falun Gong practitioners who were sentenced illegally have been persecuted to death.
On March 4, 2016, Shao Minggang was arrested. He was tried in just 12 days and was illegally sentenced to six years in prison on March 28. After that, Shao Minggang filed an appeal to the Intermediate Court of Jinzhou City and was rejected without a trial. After being illegally detained in Dongling Prison, Shao Mingzhang was severely tortured. He was persecuted to death on February 17, 2019.
On December 14, 2018, Falun Gong practitioner Li Yanqiu was arrested by the police and then sent to a detention center. On the morning of January 21, 2019, without notifying her family members, Li Yanqiu was secretly tried in the detention center while she was extremely weak, unable to walk independently, and unable to express her opinions. The judge appointed a lawyer to defend her, and Li Yanqiu never pleaded guilty. Another lawyer who was hired by her family members was never allowed to meet her. Her family members later found from the court that Li Yanqiu had been illegally sentenced to five years. On March 4, 2019, Li was persecuted to death on day 14 of her imprisonment.
Wu Yanjun and Ni Kai must be held responsible for their participation in the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners, their illegal sentences, and their consequences.