Chinese Official Served With Lawsuit While Visiting United States

Bo Xilai Charged with Genocide Against Falun Gong Practitioners in China

WASHINGTON DC (FDI) – Bo Xilai, the Minister of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China, was served with a lawsuit today during his visit to the United States. The complaint, brought by Li Weixun and others, alleges such serious human rights abuses as torture, genocide and other crimes against humanity carried out while persecuting Falun Gong practitioners in China.

Bo Xilai was served with papers in front of the Fairmont Hotel (2401 M Street, N.W.) in Washington D.C. around 6:35 p.m. on April 22, 2004. A copy of the Summons, Complaint, Notice of Right to Consent to Trial before the Magistrate Judge were hand delivered to the defendant, Bo Xilai, in civil case no. 1.04CV00649 (Li Weixun v. Bo Xilai). The documents were filed this morning in the United States District Court of the District of Columbia by attorney Morton Sklar and attorney Lana Han.

According to the process server, the defendant identified himself and accepted the legal papers, but then realizing he had been served with a lawsuit, proceeded to throw the papers on to the ground. The defendant’s entourage immediately physically attacked the process server.

On March 9th, 2004, Friends of Falun Gong and The World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG) submitted a list of 102 key responsible persons in the persecution of Falun Gong to the U.S. government, including Jiang Zemin, Luo Gan, Liu Jing, Zhou Yongkang, Li Lanqing, Wang Maolin, etc., and urged the U.S. government to prohibit these people from entering the U.S. Bo Xilai’s name is on this list..

Bo Xilai is also among the defendants listed in a criminal lawsuit filed with the Federal Prosecutor’s Office in Germany by forty Falun Gong practitioners. The charges here again: genocide and crimes against humanity.

For background on Bo Xilai’s crimes, please visit /displayAnArticle.asp?ID=8535

Lana Han, co-counsel on the case can be reached at 516-850-9299.