Mr. Cao Dong Given Five Year Prison Sentence for Talking to European Parliament Vice President

On February 8th, 2007, Falun Dafa practitioner Mr. Cao Dong was sentenced to five
years in prison by the Gansu Provincial Court. His so-called "crimes"
were "illegally connecting with a foreign anti-China force," and "illegally
accepting interviews." Mr. Cao Dong is appealing these false charges.

In all of China’s current laws, there is no such article discussing "illegal
interviews." On May 21st, 2006, Mr. Cao Dong met with the European Parliament
Vice President, Mr. Edward McMillan-Scott, who came to China to investigate
the facts about the persecution of Falun Gong. In order to rescue his detained
wife, Mr. Cao Dong testified on the mistreatment his wife and many other Falun
Gong practitioners are receiving.

More unreasonable accusations the court is accusing Mr. Cao of are the collected
Assisting Education Agreement, Law Suit Statement, Visitation Notification,
Release from Labour Education Notification given to Mr. Scott to take photos.
However, these documents were issued by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Forced
Labour System, and everyone released from the forced labour camp receives them
as part of their legal documents. How can these be threatening to the country?

Mr. Cao Dong emphasised in court that all he talked to Mr. McMillan-Scott about
were personal experiences. Maybe it was these facts that were the most terrifying
to the CCP, since they fall into the category of wrongful violence. The bloody
persecution of a group of people who believe in Truthfulness-Benevolence-Forbearance
has lasted so long, and it has reached a brutality that has been unprecedented
in history. The international community is concerned. The CCP heavily sentenced
Mr. Cao Dong just because he exposed the persecution to the international community.
The CCP confessed, "According to a CCP Central 610 Office1 statement, ‘It
[the persecution] could be easily exposed on the media if we sentenced Mr. Cao
Dong in Beijing,’ and according to the order from the 17th Branch of the State
Safety Bureau, ‘it is better to transfer Cao Dong to Gansu Province (where his
hometown is located) and have the State Safety Bureau sentence him,’ …If we
allowed Cao Dong to be released, it will be a threat to the Capital City’s social

Especially since February 2007, the Canadian independent investigators have
added much powerful new evidence to their investigative report on the CCP’s
harvesting living Falun Gong practitioners’ organs. The crimes are gradually
being fully revealed to the world. The CCP is trying to deceive the whole world
by hastily sentencing Mr. Cao Dong.

We hereby call all kind-hearted people who care about Falun Gong practitioners
being persecuted in China to continue condemning the CCP’s violent crimes and
support Mr. Cao Dong and all detained Falun Dafa practitioners in China. End
this persecution now!


1. "The 610 office" is an agency specifically created to persecute
Falun Gong, with absolute power over each level of administration in the Party
and all other political and judiciary systems.

Posting date: 18/Feb/2007
Original article date: 17/Feb/2007
Category: News from China


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