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Canadian News Brief
The Associated Press
7/31/2004

TORONTO - The man at the center of a successful libel suit against a Chinese diplomat who described the Falun Gong spiritual movement as a "sinister cult" says he has yet to see a penny in damages.

An Ontario court had ordered Pan Xinchun, China's deputy consul-general in Canada, to pay $11,000 to Joel Chipkar after describing the Falun Gong practitioner as a member of a "sinister cult" in a letter to a Toronto newspaper.

But Chipkar, 36, still hasn't received any money despite another court order earlier this month that Pan's bank account be garnished to cover the costs - a sign, he said, that the Chinese government doesn't want to cooperate.

"It's not about the money," Chipkar said in an interview. "It's about the principle of stopping these people attacking people here in Canada."

Falun Gong, a spiritual movement founded in 1992 that preaches exercise and meditation, was denounced and outlawed in China four years ago.

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