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Bo Xilai Sued at APEC

Bo Xilai Sued at APEC
Chinese Commerce Minister Served Documents for Torture

By Shar Adams, Epoch Times Australia staff
September 4, 2007

Bo Xilai sued
Falun Gong followers banners condemning Bo Xilai for his role in the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China, outside a Seoul hotel where Bo was staying as part of a Chinese delegation visiting South Korea, April 10, 2007. (Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)

The Chinese Commerce Minister, Bo Xilai was served documents for torture as he returned from an official function in Australia's capital city Canberra on September 4.

Bo is being sued by Sydney resident Pan Yu, who suffered detention and extreme torture for being an adherent of spiritual practice Falun Gong, persecuted in China since 1999.

Jonothan Solomon, and Gary Hastie, guests of the hotel where Bo Xilai was staying, said they had been requested to serve the documents by Yu's legal team as previous attempts to do so had failed.

"Bo Xilai was served," Mr Solomon told The Epoch Times, "He was right in front of me. I called out his name and he was served face to face."

Mr Solomon, a Falun Dafa practitioner, said he also called out "Falun Dafa Hao ('Falun Dafa is good' in Chinese) to make the point to Bo and his entourage that Falun Gong supporters would continue to expose the extent of the Chinese Communist Party's obsessive and vicious persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China.

Mr Hastie, also a Falun Dafa practitioner, said the experience had been "intense" but worth it.

"Bo was surrounded by about 50, maybe more, security police," he said, "but they have to know they cannot get away with their behaviour."

"Mass genocide, the slaughter of men, women, even children for their spiritual beliefs—these people have to be accountable for their actions."

Bo Xilai is on record for actively inciting hatred and persecution of practitioners of Falun Gong when he was the governor of Lianong province.

The Sujiatan concentration camp, where it is estimated over 6000 Falun Gong practitioners were slaughtered for organ transplants, was part of a system of Falun Gong detention facilities that were built under Bo's governance.

Bo was served legal documents in March last year in Canberra via a security guard, which created a potential obstacle for legal proceedings. Yesterday service was effected upon Bo Xilai in person.

"Should Bo avoid the legal proceeding and leave jurisdiction (NSW) without appearance, our lawyers will be prepare to file default judgement against him," said Newton Xu, legal assistant to the plaintiff.

Falun Gong members had earlier called on the Federal Government to ban Bo Xilai, who is in Australia to attend the APEC meetings.

A spokesman for the group, John Deller, said everyone entering Australia is subject to a Migration Act character test and on that basis Bo should be denied entry.

Bo is being pursued by the courts in no less than 10 countries, including Canada, US, England, Ireland, Spain and New Zealand to answer allegations of such serious crimes as systematic torture and genocide.

Former Chinese regime leader Jiang Zemin, who launched the persecution of Falun Gong in China in 1999, is being sought for similar crimes in 15 countries.

Meanwhile it has been reported that the Chinese Embassy had tried to stop a forum, 'Balancing the Scales with China' to be hosted by a NSW MP inside Parliament House on Wednesday.

It has been confirmed that officials from the Chinese consulate in Sydney visited the President of the NSW Upper House, Peter Primrose, on Monday in an attempt to have the forum cancelled, The Daily Telegraph reported.

"I can confirm Chinese Embassy officials approached the Parliament to protest at the holding of a function on human rights in China," he said.

"I indicated it was part of the normal functions in Parliament and the only reason it would be cancelled was for security concerns, of which there were none."

The forum, hosted by NSW Upper House and Christian Democratic Party MP Gordon Moyes, features former jailed leader of the Chinese pro-democracy movement Dr Wang Juntao, and authors of a report on forced organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners in China, former Canadian Secretary of State, Hon. David Kilgour and international human rights lawyer, David Matas.

Premier of New South Wales, Morris Iemma, who hosted a dinner for President Hu in Sydney the same evening said he had no control over other MPs expressing their democratic rights.

"It's inevitable that other parliamentarians will exercise their democratic right to host their own dinners, events and functions," he said.


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