The motion is to dispense with the need to serve the defendants with the statement of claim and other court material, on the basis that all possible means of service have been attempted but China has refused to accept the documents. If successful, the plaintiffs will then be able to seek a final judgment against the defendants on the merits of the case.
The hearing comes on the heels of a Canadian independent report released last Thursday that the Chinese government and its agencies have harvested vital organs and put to death large number of Falun Gong prisoners of conscience since 1999.
The Ontario case is one of 54 legal proceedings in 33 countries, against Jiang and other officials. It asserts that the five defendants orchestrated the systematic and brutal persecution of the plaintiffs and hundreds of thousands of other Falun Gong practitioners in China.
TIME: 10 am, Friday July 14, 2006
LOCATION: 393 University Avenue ( 6th Floor for Zhang et al. v. Zemin et al.)
CONTACT: Kate Kempton, Olthuis Kleer Townshend, legal counsel, 416-571-6775