Singapore Falun Gong Practitioners and the Case of the Missing Prosecutor

June 4, 2010 Updated: October 1, 2015

|Video Courtesy of NTDTV |

SINGAPORE—The prosecution of 7 Falun Gong adherents in Singapore that they say is extra-legal took a turn toward the absurd in a confused hearing on May 31 in which the prosecutor failed to show up and no indictment was presented.

The pre-trial hearing originally scheduled for 3:30pm had not begun by 4:10pm. Ms. Ng Chye Huay, one of the Falun Gong practitioners being accused, asked why there was a delay. She was told by the court police that the prosecutor had not arrived yet and they had to wait. Ms. Ng said, “How long do we have to wait? We will leave if the prosecutor does not come.”

Shortly after, the judged called the seven defendants into the conference room. They found that inside the conference room, besides the judge, there was a Chinese male appearing on a teleconference screen. The representative of the prosecutor’s office did not come in person, but attended through teleconferencing.

When the parties asked for the prosecutor’s name, the representative said that his last name is Foo, but he is not the prosecutor. He was only responsible for attending the pre-trial hearing. It had not been determined yet who the prosecutor would be.

The practitioners could not understand why almost a month had passed since the charges had been laid, yet no prosecutor had been assigned.