Cancer Patient Persecuted in Prison
(Minghui.org) Ms. Mou Lihua had been suffering from leukemia since she was 26 years old. She recovered in 2003 after she began practicing Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999. After being cancer-free for over a decade, she relapsed in 2016 when she was arrested and sentenced to five years in prison for her belief. Another court sentenced her to an additional three years in prison. Prison authorities refuse to release her on medical parole or allow her to receive any medical treatment.
Ms. Mou, 52, from Longcheng District in Chaoyang City, was arrested by the police in Beipiao City for talking to people about Falun Gong in August 2016. She was held in the Chaoyang City Detention Center. She was beaten for refusing to slander the practice and humiliated by being forced to wear only her underwear for five days. Under severe persecution and not allowed to do the Falun Gong exercises, the cancer recurred.
She was tried by the Beipiao Court on December 29, 2016. Her lawyer pointed out to the judge the discrepancies of the evidence and presented his client's health record, but he still sentenced her to five years in prison in April 2017.
The prison initially refused to accept her due to her health condition. The procurator and court officials eventually forced Liaoning Women's Prison to take her.
She was forced to do hard labor despite her deteriorating health. Many patches of bruises appeared on her body and her left breast had three tumors that seeped fluid. She also developed a uterine tumor.
The Political and Legal Affairs Committee and the police department in Chaoyang City ordered officers from the Xinhua District Police Department to bring Ms. Mou back to the Chaoyang City Detention Center in May 2018. They “re-opened” a 2009 case (where Ms. Mou was released for health reasons) and tried her again in June 2018. The judge sentenced her to an additional three years in prison on top of the five years she was already serving.