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U.S. Woman On Trial in China

Tuesday, 21 November 2000 12:00 AM

Teng Chunyan, 37, who was born in China and lives in the United States, will be tried in a Beijing court for collecting and disseminating information about other Falun Gong members in China, the Hong Kong based Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy reported.

Teng, an acupuncturist, turned up missing in March after arriving in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen. Her relatives were notified last month that she faced trial in Beijing's People's Court for "spying for intelligence for foreign illegal organizations," the rights group said.

The Chinese government banned Falun Gong as an "evil cult" last year, claiming it was responsible for the deaths of 1,400 of its followers, mainly for encouraging them to rely on meditation instead of medicine for health problems. Members of the spiritual movement claim they have no political ambitions and that their teachings foster better moral and physical

health.

The rights group said Teng's trial would take place behind closed doors. Neither Teng's husband nor the U.S. embassy had been informed of the trial, which was to begin Thursday, and no family members would be allowed to attend. Only two lawyers hired by Teng

would be allowed to attend the trial. Teng faces up to 10 years in prison.

The rights group also called on U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Mary Robinson to intercede in the matter. Visiting Beijing, Robinson signed an agreement with China on technical cooperation in the field of human rights. She planned to meet with Chinese President Jiang Zemin Tuesday before departing.

Copyright 2000 by United Press International.

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