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Search Results Detail for 'Zuo Hongtao'
Personal Details
CECC Record Number: 2019-00233   Ethnic Group:
Detention Status: DET   Sex: M
Issue Category: FG   Age at Detention:
Main Name: Zuo Hongtao   Religion: Falun Gong
Chinese Characters (Main Name): 左洪涛 Occupation: business owner, real estate
Alternate Name (Lay or Pen):   Affiliation:
Additional Name(s):   Residence Province: Hebei Province
Pinyin Name:   Residence Prefecture: Qinhuangdao Shi (pref.)
  Residence County: Shanhaiguan Dist.
Imprisonment or Detention Details
Date of Detention: 2017/06/09
Current Prison: Qinhuangdao (general location)
Sentence Length (Years): 13
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Province Where Imprisoned (or Detained): Hebei Province
Prefecture Where Imprisoned (or Detained): Qinhuangdao Shi (pref.)
County Where Imprisoned (or Detained): (na)
Legal Process
Legal Process: chg/tri/sent-app   Formal Arrest Date: 2017/07/15
Trial Court: Changli County People's Court   Trial Date: 2017/11/16
Sentence Court: Changli County People's Court   Sentence Date: 2019/01/09
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Appeal Ruling Court: Qinhuangdao Intermediate People's Court   Appeal Ruling Date: 2019/06/07
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Short Summary
According to Clear Wisdom reports (19 January 19; 24 March 19; 27 June 19), on June 9, 2017, police and domestic security officials in Shanhaiguan district, Qinhuangdao municipality, Hebei province detained 6 Falun Gong practitioners: males Zuo Hongtao, Wu Wenzhang, Liu Changfu, Yang Xiaoyong, and females Li Guo’ai and Yuan Sujing. Authorities also detained Zuo’s wife Cui Qiurong, who is not a Falun Gong adherent. Authorities held them at the Qinhuangdao No. 1 PSB Detention Center, but shortly thereafter released Yang. CW reported that in July 2017 authorities charged Zuo, Wu, Liu, Li, and Cui with “undermining law enforcement” (likely referring to CL, art. 300) in connection with printing Falun Gong slogans on yuan notes, which police seized during the prisoners’ initial detentions. On November 16, the Changli County People’s Court in Qinhuangdao tried Zuo, Wu, Liu, Li, and Cui. On January 9, 2019, the court sentenced them to prison terms: Zuo to 13 years, Wu to 11 years, Liu to 8 years, Li to 10 years, and Cui to 1 year, 7 months. Authorities released Cui the same day. The other four appealed their sentences, and on June 7, the Qinhuangdao Intermediate People’s Court rejected their appeals. Authorities released Yuan on June 9, 2018; it was unclear if she was tried or sentenced.