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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Legal Rights Beijing Lawyer Wang Yajun Barred from Handling Falun Gong Case in Jilin Province: AI

Amnesty International: On the morning of September 10, Beijing lawyer Wang Yajun was forced to leave his hotel in Yitong Manchu Autonomous County, Siping City, Jilin Province, by three police officers and placed on a train back to Beijing. Wang had been in Jilin to represent a Falun Gong practitioner in a criminal case. On September 9, Wang was visited in his hotel by officials who claimed to represent the secretive government unit which handles Falun Gong cases, the "610 Office" of the Yitong County Political-Legal Committee. The officials told Wang that, according to Jilin Province and Siping City regulations, lawyers from outside the province were not permitted to handle "these types of cases." When Wang asked to be shown the regulations, the officials told him they were "top secret" and could not be shown to lawyers. (CHRD)[ix]

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