Inner Mongolia Woman Sentenced to Six Years for Practicing Falun Gong
(Minghui.org) A woman in Chifeng City, Inner Mongolia was sentenced to six years at her trial on November 25. Her “crime” was practicing Falun Gong, a self-cultivation system being persecuted by the Chinese Communist Party.
The defense lawyer for Ms. Li Yufen (李玉芬) was insulted and threatened by more than ten police officers outside the courthouse before the hearing began. He questioned them, "I've never seen anything like this during my years of practicing law!" One officer responded, "Well, this is our rule here at Zuoqi Court!"
Prior to her latest sentence, Ms. Li had been sent to labor camps twice and served four years in prison for her beliefs. She remains at Zuoqi Detention Center awaiting transfer to prison.
Ms. Li's Latest Arrest
Ms. Li and Ms. Wang Yulan (王玉兰) were seized by three officers on July 13 this year. The police took Ms. Li back to her home in the afternoon. They opened the door with her key and arrested her older sister Ms. Li Yumei (李玉梅) and a visiting Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Hou Guilan (侯桂兰).
Without showing a search warrant, the police confiscated Ms. Li Yufen's Falun Gong books, DVDs, cell phones, jewelry and other valuables. They didn't produce a list of confiscated items as required by law.
All four women were driven to the local hospital for blood sampling, electrocardiograms, and electroencephalographs. No valid reason was given for the unusually thorough medical examination.
Officer Song Hailong from the Domestic Security Division yelled to the practitioners on the way to the hospital, “My name is Song Hailong! My job is to deal with Falun Gong! I'm here to teach you a lesson!”
The police department and the Procuratorate fabricated evidence against Ms. Li's sisters, who saw their arrest approved in late August. The elder sister was released on medical parole four months later after she developed a severe heart problem.
Multiple Past Arrests for Her Belief
Ms. Li Yufen was first arrested in October 2000 and again on July 10 the following year. She was given two years of forced labor “re-education” after the second arrest.
Her parents both regained their health after they began to practice Falun Gong. However, they had to give up their belief after repeated threats from the local authorities. The arrest and detention of their three daughters only added to their mental suffering. Ms. Li's labor camp term was a heavy blow to the elderly couple, and they passed away one after the other.
Her then-ten-year-old child had to live a life without her care.
Ms. Li was given another two years of forced labor following her arrest on April 6, 2006. Her husband divorced her during her detention. When she was released on January 3, 2008, she found herself no home to which to return.
Ms. Li spent four years in Hohhot Women's Prison after she was arrested on October 26, 2009.
Main Perpetrator's Contact Information
Song Hailong (宋海龙): +86-13789599129, +86-18647658897