On June 19, 2014, the Yushui District People’s Court in Xinyu, Jiangxi Province, sentenced three asset transparency advocates to prison terms ranging from six and a half years to three years. Liu Ping (刘萍) and Wei Zhongping (魏忠平) were sentenced to six and a half years in prison for “picking quarrels and provoking troubles” (寻衅滋事), “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place” (聚众扰乱公共场所秩序), and “using an evil cult to undermine law enforcement” (利用邪教组织破坏法律实施). Li Sihua (李思华) was sentenced to three years in prison for “picking quarrels and provoking troubles” (寻衅滋事). Wei Zhongping’s brother, Wei Zhonghua, issued the below statement following the verdict.
Do They Look At All Like the World's Largest Party? They Simply Look like Petty Thieves:
Second Announcement by a Defendant Family on the Xinyu case
Brother of Wei Zhongping
[Translation by Human Rights in China]
Plainclothes police were everywhere [outside the court], called out from the whole city. I took several pictures. When I was leaving the court after the sentencing, several police stopped me and asked me to delete them. I nearly clashed with them. Afterwards, a police officer told me that they were also just doing their jobs and had no other choice. I agreed. In this age, there are also righteous police who are suffering persecution. Forget it. If we kill each other, then their families will also become victims. For just a hearing and a sentencing, the Xinyu authorities had to act so sneaky and panicky, as if facing a major enemy. Such little confidence, such little capacity, and such little accomplishment! Do they look like a ruling government? Do they look at all like the world’s largest party with 80 million members? They simply look like petty thieves! Will allowing observers to observe the hearing really create great chaos? Remember the Zhao Fengsheng case in Hengyang—with so many observers? The sky didn’t fall down—did it?
I think the verdict this time is an out-and-out political persecution. It’s not normal for a government to do things like this. Wei Zhongping is only a low level employee. Why so scared? All they did was speak the truth and do what citizens should do. In a society without them, the corrupt officials will be even more out of control. I pray for my brother, Liu Ping, and Li Sihua, wishing all the righteous citizens and the good people a peaceful life!