Packaging State Crimes as ‘State Secrets’

15 April, 2012 at 07:53 | Posted in China, Falun Dafa/Falun Gong, human rights, persecution | Leave a comment
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By Cang Hai
Epoch Times Staff

The fact that the Chinese Communist Party CCP covers up its crimes as ‘state secrets’ should be alarming to the Chinese people and the world. A few examples will serve to illustrate this trend.

Last September, Chinese media reported a sex slave case in Luoyang City, Henan Province. A 34 year old man named Li Hao had kidnapped six women in two years, kept them underground as his sex slaves and killed two of them. However, the Luoyang City police attempted to cover up the case. When Ji Xuguang, a reporter for Southern Metropolis Daily exposed it, the local officials accused Ji of “treading into state secrets.”

Why should this be a state secret? The case was already investigated and closed; the criminal brought to justice. The case can be brought to the attention of the general public, who have the right to know. The way Luoyang City officials harassed the reporter was beyond comprehension.

Of course, there was an uproar from the general public when the case hit the headlines. But how many such evil deeds under the name of “state secrets” have never been exposed to the public in China?

In its persecution of Falun Gong practitioners, the Chinese regime has been widely using the excuse of protecting “state secrets.”

On Sept. 27, 1999 in Zhangxing Township, Zhaoyuan City, Shandong Province, Zhao Jinhua was kidnapped by local police while she was working in her farm. While Zhao was held in the local police station, Fu Wenhui, the son of the Party secretary in Gailing Village, brutally assaulted her. She was beaten with rubber sticks, causing severe internal haemorrhage and was cruelly tortured with electric batons. After 10 days of brutality, Zhao Jinhua died. She was 42 years old. Zhao’s death was reported by International Religious Freedom (2000) Annual Report.

After Zhao died, her brother saw her body. He said, “Except for her face, her entire body from neck down was black and blue with skin damage. It was terrible!” The autopsy by doctors from Yantai City revealed that the death was due to severe beating using a soft object.

Zhao Jinhua was the first recorded case of a Falun Gong persecuted to death in China.

The fact that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) covers up its crimes as ‘state secrets’ should be alarming to the Chinese people and the world.

After Zhao’s death, the local government and Public Security Bureau lied to the public saying that she died of “heart attack.” In order to cover up their crimes, they not only blocked access to the hospital, but also prevented Falun Gong practitioners from leaving the township. Moreover, no one was allowed to talk to Zhao Jinhua’s family members.

However, the news of Zhao Jinhua’s death due to torture was still reported in other parts of the world. Local authorities did not investigate the murder, but set out to trace who exposed the “secret” of her death. They revamped the police force and established special task forces, with at least six members in each team. The police kidnapped all those Falun Gong practitioners who fell under suspicion and nearly 100 practitioners were rounded up. The police tortured to obtain a confession for exposing the news. In the end, two Falun Gong practitioners were illegally sent to labor camps under the charges of “disturbing social order” and “disclosure of state secrets.”

In another instance, a graduate student from Chongqing University, Wei Xingyan, was arrested on campus on May 11, 2003, for practicing Falun Gong. On May 13, policemen raped Wei in front of the two female inmates of Baihelin detention center in Shapingba District, Chongqing.

After the news of the police publicly raping a college student was exposed overseas, 610 officials sealed all the academic files related to Wei in Chongqing University to cover up their crime. The University authorities were asked to deny that Wei Xingyan was their student and deny the existence of their department of high voltage power transmission where Wei was doing research.

In addition, they transferred all the policemen who knew the case to other places. The police in Chongqing recklessly arrested Falun Gong practitioners for knowing the news. Seven Falun Gong practitioners, Chen Shumin, Yuan Jiuyan, Li Jian, Yin Yan, Lu Zhengqi, Liu Fanqin, and He Mingli, were sentenced for 5 to 14 years of imprisonment under the charge of “disclosure of the state secrets.”

Why are sex crimes in the course of a persecution regarded as “state secrets” by the CCP?

In fact, almost all cases in persecuting Falun Gong practitioners are handled by the CCP surreptitiously: no lawyers are allowed to represent the victims, the public is denied admission to the hearings, no reporters are allowed, and the arrest of Falun Gong practitioners is done secretly.

Among the hundreds of thousands of cases of persecution of Falun Gong practitioners over the last12 years, there has never been a fair trial. By treating sexual crimes and murder as “state secrets,” the CCP is protecting criminals and abetting crimes, becoming an evil regime that harms its own people and society.

Read the original Chinese article.

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