Chinese Communist Party’s Control Over Law Enforcement Under Fire

27 March, 2012 at 08:59 | Posted in China, Falun Dafa/Falun Gong, Gao Zhisheng, human rights, persecution | Leave a comment
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Law professor and netizens call for powerful committee to be dismantled

By Charlotte Cuthbertson and Jane Lin
Epoch Times Staff

China’s Nobel nominated human rights lawyer, Gao Zhisheng, is intimately familiar with the malevolent hold the Communist Party has over every aspect China’s so-called legal system.

“The electric shock batons were thrust all over me,” recounted Gao Zhisheng. “And my full body, my heart, lungs and muscles began jumping under my skin uncontrollably. I was writhing on the ground in pain, trying to crawl away.”

In a letter published in February 2009, human rights lawyer Gao describes 50 days of torture by Chinese regime authorities, starting in September 2007.

“After a few hours of this I had no energy to even beg, let alone try to escape. But my mind was still clear. I felt my body was jerking very strongly when the baton touched me.”

Laughing, the guards taunted Gao with their prowess in torture techniques.

“Don’t you talk about torture by the Communist Party yet, because we will give you a comprehensive lesson now!” one guard told Gao. “You are correct, we torture Falun Gong. Everything is right. The 12 courses we’re going to give to you were practiced on the Falun Gong. To tell you the truth, I am not afraid that you will continue to write. We can torture you to death without your body being found.”

The guards worked under the Political and Legal Affairs Committee, an all-powerful organ of the Chinese regime that controls nearly all aspects of law enforcement. The Committee has its hands in the court system; it controls the Ministry of Justice, the Public Security Bureau, the Ministry of State Security, and the Procuratorate—the highest agency at the national level responsible for both investigation and prosecution.

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If the Political and Legal Affairs Committee (PLAC) determines a Chinese citizen is a threat to the regime, that citizen is in trouble. Dissidents, Christians, lawyers, Falun Gong practitioners, and citizens protesting land grabs feel the sharp end of the PLAC every day. Whether is it a sham trial or a trumped-up charge under the banner of “inciting state subversion” or “revealing state secrets,” if the PLAC wants you tortured, in a prison camp, or dead, they will most likely achieve it.

Recently, Zhang Zanning, a lawyer and law professor at Southeast University in China, posted an article on his blog, saying the PLAC is the “grossest violation of the Constitution” and called for it to be dismantled.

Zhang’s article was soon removed from his blog—most likely through an Internet censor that answers to the PLAC—and he had to re-direct readers to other sites. But the article had already been reposted on many Internet forums.

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