(Minghui.org) Three Falun Dafa practitioners were sentenced for their belief on February 9, 2017.

Two sisters, Ms. Wei Zaihui and Ms. Wei Zaixiu, from Chengdu City, Sichuan Province, were each sentenced to seven years in prison. Ms. Wei Zaihui's husband, Mr. Chen Guangzhong, was given a three-year prison term.

The sisters had been illegally detained for 14 months before they were sentenced. Mr. Chen, who was arrested with them, was later placed under house arrest due to his poor health. He was taken from his home on February 9 to be sentenced.

All three said they would appeal, even though the police threatened them with longer sentences if they did.

Mr. Chen's mother, in her 80s, was left at home with her 12-year-old granddaughter. When Mr. Chen asked who would take care of them, the police said that the child could be taken to an orphanage if his grandmother could not cope.

The practitioners were arrested on May 27, 2015. After the arrest, a third sister, Ms. Wei Zaiqun, who lives in Denmark, called the police stations, detention centers, and brainwashing centers in Chengdu to find out where her sisters were, but she got nowhere. She also went to the Chinese Embassy in Denmark with other Falun Dafa practitioners to protest the illegal detention of her siblings.

Yu Hui, then head of Chengdu City Anti-cult Office (an extra-judicial agency tasked with persecuting Falun Gong), was responsible for ordering the arrests of the Wei sisters and many other Chengdu practitioners.

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Category: Accounts of Persecution