Former Air Force Instructor Given a Second Prison Term for His Faith
(Minghui.org) A former instructor at the Second Aeronautical Engineering Institute of Changchun Air Force in Jilin Province was sentenced to two years in prison for distributing materials exposing the Chinese communist regime’s persecution of Falun Gong.
This is not the first time that Mr. Yao Chengxu has been targeted for his faith. He was forced to quit the SAEICA after the persecution of Falun Gong began in 1999. While working odd jobs in Shenzhen, he was arrested and given one year of forced labor.
Mr. Yao moved to Shanghai after his release, but was arrested again in 2011 and sentenced to 4 years in prison. His latest arrest took place in May 2017, and he was tried in court on January 30, 2018.
Judge Chen Shilong and prosecutor Zhou Shaopeng attempted to pressure Mr. Yao to stop practicing Falun Gong. Mr. Yao challenged Chen and Zhou to specify which law he broke by practicing and spreading information about Falun Gong. They had no answer.
During the recess, Chen gathered Zhou and staff from the local 610 Office, an extra-legal agency tasked with eradicating Falun Gong, to discuss the case. When the hearing resumed, Chen announced that they’ve decided to sentence Mr. Yao to two years in prison.
Fengxian District Court, Shanghai:Judge Chen Shilong: +86-21-37190666, ext. 26051