採訪/易如 編輯/李韻 後製/蕭宇
Victim’s Lawyer and Families Meet With Harassment and Intimidation
Wuhan lawyer Zhang Keke experienced
a bizarre situation on Dec. 11.
He was immediately arrested in court during his defense
when quoting freedom of belief in the Chinese constitution.
The astonished lawyers initiated a joint petition demanding
legal accountability to the those responsible for the act.
Many more bizarre incidents also occurred.
Let’s take a look what else lawyer Zhang
and his clients have encountered.
At noon on Dec. 11, Mainland lawyers spread an online post
which read, “Wuhan rights lawyer Zhang Keke was arrested
in court by local state security chief Jin Zhenyu during
the defending in Tai’an District Court of Jilin Province."
Subsequently, text messages went to police
via Jin Zhenyu’s cellular phone.
Famous attorneys such as Tang Jitian, Zhou Lixin, Zhang Lei,
Li Changqing and human rights activist Chen Yunfei have
all sent the message to Jin Zhenyu, condemning the police
trampling of laws and demanding the release of Zhang Keke.
Under strong public pressure, authorities released
Zhang Keke at around 5 p.m.
Zhang Keke told NTD he was handling the case of Tian Yifu
and Zhang Guixia, husband and wife Falun Gong practitioners
from Liaoyuan City, Jilin Province.
At 9 a.m. on Dec. 11, while he was preparing to defend
for his clients, the judge warned, “no defense from
a legal perspective."
Zhang Keke: “In the defense, I responded
to the Procuratorate’s comments;
I said that this belief (Falun Gong) does not constitute
a crime, as both Constitution and law protect freedom
The judge was very annoyed.
Then a police officer at the door called to him
and the judge went out."
When the hearing continued, the judge abruptly
had Jin Zhenyu arrested, Zhang Keke said.
The defendants’ daughter Xiaotian also sat
in during the hearing.
She indicates that the judge instructed the police
to conduct the arrest in court, because according to him,
the attorney should not have defended for Falun Gong
or preached about Falun Gong or law.
Xiaotian: “Our families went to the trial but felt that
we were treated as hostages.
When attorney Zhang Keke was arrested,
they knew it was very chaotic.
When Jin Zhenyu conducted the arrest, he said,
‘no one will move, not even stand up.’
There were many people."
Xiaotian says her parents were heavily shackled.
The judge would not grant their request
to remove the handcuffs and shackles.
The authorities also appointed four lawyers
to participate in the trial.
No matter what the judge asked, the four lawyers
would only say in unison, “no objection."
As for Jin Zhenyu, attorney Zhang had previously filed
a lawsuit against him for suspected of illegal kidnapping
and seizing the two defendants
and their personal belongings.
Earlier, Minghui.org reported that Jin Zhenyu led dozens
of plainclothes to visit the Tian’s with the excuse
of collecting power bills and kidnapped the two defendants
on July 31 to Liaoyuan detention Center.
The next day, Xiaotian rushed home with her brother
and realized that several items were missing such as
a computer, an EVD, a gold ring, cash, credit cards
and bank cards.
The police also waited outside the Tian’s home
and illegally abducted other Falun Gong practitioners
such as Wang Shuqiu, Tian Yifeng and others.
Xiaotian indicates that they wanted to immediately hire
But local lawyers feared the consequences—
taking Falun Gong cases will result in the suspension
of their lawyer’s practice permit.
But, they were also faced with threats and intimidation
from police when they looked for non-local lawyers.
A judge surnamed Zhou even questioned Xiaotian
as to why they hired a non-local lawyer and asked
who gave them the rights to hire a non-local lawyer.
Xiaotian: “I explained to him what we have gone through
and said that we had no choice.
One time, I told them I wanted to see my parents.
They suspected that I was taking photos or recording.
They snatched my cell phone.
All the police surrounded me with guns.
I felt there was no security during the negotiation.
They even stalked me, and their vehicles
were parking right outside of our apartment.
They knew my activities, whether it was going downstairs
or coming home."
Finally, attorneys Zhang Keke and Shi Yongsheng agreed
to defend for the couple.
But both lawyers were met with difficulties when they tried
to meet with the clients in August and September.
During the hearing, Zhang Keke was challenged again.
His words, “Constitution and law protect the freedom
of belief," had him arrested in the court.
In astonishment, hundreds of Chinese lawyers
signed a petition on Dec. 12 demanding to hold Jilin police
accountable for the abusive act of a lawyer’s illegal arrest
Interview/YiRu Edit/LiYun Post-Production/XiaoYu