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  • From: Falun Dafa Canada InfoCentre <info-centre@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: dafa-news-ottawa@xxxxxxxxxxxxx,
  • Date: Fri, 15 Mar 2002 18:45:08 +0000

Contempt of Court Trial Set for Newspaper and Author that Allegedly Slandered 
Falun Gong in Canada

Importance of matter and threat to security of persons, particularly in China, 
provides grounds for quick court date: Judge

Montreal, March 15, 2002 ---- Yesterday, Falun Gong practitioners appeared 
before 
Superior Court of Quebec Justice Carole Julien to present their evidence in 
support 
of Contempt of Court charge previously authorized by the Court against 
Montreal-based 
Chinese newspaper Les Presses Chinoises, its publisher Crescent Chau and Bing 
He.

Madam Justice Julien, after conferring with Superior Court Chief Justice Lyse 
Lemieux, 
ordered that given the threat to the security of persons particularly in China 
and 
considering the importance of this matter, has exceptionally ordered the 
contempt 
trial proceed from April 15 to April 19 inclusive.

Justice Julien further ordered Les Presses Chinoises remove from its website 
offending anti-Falun Gong materials.

Lawyer representing Falun Gong practitioners Mr. Michael Bergman said: 
"the court is sensitive to the seriousness of the charges and the alleged 
effect to 
the defendant activities both in Canada and in China.The trial will give a 
unique 
opportunity for Falun Gong practitioners to state their case in a legal form 
and to 
seek the justice that would otherwise deny them in the People’s Republic of 
China."

The court order is rendered in the presence of the publisher Cresent Chau 
and Bing He. 

On November 3, 2001, and in the following weekends, 
Les Presses Chinoises continuously published articles defaming Falun Gong. 
Some of the contents are word to word copy of the materials from the Chinese 
Embassy. 
To stop this defamation, 126 Falun Gong practitioners from Montreal, 
Ottawa and Toronto filed a law suit against the paper. 
From December 10, 2001 to February 7, 2002, the Quebec Superior Court 
reiterated 3 times a safeguard order in 3 consecutive hearings, 
each time with stricter restrictions, to prohibit the paper from publishing anti
Falun Gong publications.

However, these orders have seemed to be ignored by the paper. Especially a 12 
page
special issue was published on February 2, 2002 to call the Chinese community
to "denounce" Falun Gong. Falun Gong practitioners filed a lawsuit suing them 
for
being, "contempt of court" two weeks ago. Yesterday was the first hearing for 
the
contempt charges.


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Contact:        Mr. Michael Bergman (Lawyer)    514-249-1177 (Cell)
Mr. Yumin Yang  514-941-2203 (Cell)



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