WASHINGTON — Dr. Wenyi Wang, who protested during a welcome ceremony at the White House for Chinese leader Hu Jintao on April 20, reached an agreement with prosecutors in which all charges will be dropped against her, she said on Wednesday.
Under the deal, charges against Wang will be postponed until April 2007. If she does not commit any crimes during that time period—including confronting foreign officials—the charges will then be dropped.
Wang was charged with willfully intimidating, coercing, threatening and harassing a foreign official, a misdemeanor with penalties up to six months in jail and a $5,000 fine.
On April 20, after Hu began speaking, Wang, 47, stood up on the camera platform, unfurled a banner, and began shouting in protest.
"Stop persecuting Falun Gong!" she said. She later clarified that she was referring to the Chinese Communist regime's policy of harvesting organs from live Falun Gong practitioners.
Just five weeks earlier, The Epoch Times broke the story that the Chinese regime had harvested the organs of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners in a secret concentration camp in the Sujiatun district of Shenyang City in northeast China. Wang, a medical professional and Epoch Times staff member, worked closely with the two sources, "Peter" and "Annie," for this story, and helped investigate it.
Wang was credentialed as an Epoch Times reporter at the welcome ceremony for Hu. In a statement published on its website, the newspaper expressed regret for her actions and stated that it did not know that she would protest. The paper also said that her actions were understandable given the nature of the organ harvesting revelations.
"Dr. Wang also clearly understands this is a desperate situation," The Epoch Times said in the statement. "She took matters in her own hands today to try to let the world know what is happening."
Wang stated that her protest did not threaten Hu.
"I can assure you that he did not feel threatened at all," she said. "What he really felt was fear of the truth."
She continued: "It will be shameful if human beings remain silent about the torture and killing of Falun Gong practitioners in China. We all should act to save innocent lives."