(Minghui.org) A 67-year-old retiree of Tangshan City Agricultural Bureau was sentenced to seven years in prison and is now appealing his case.

Mr. Cao Jinxing was targeted because he refused to renounce Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline being persecuted by the Chinese communist regime. He was arrested at home on June 7, 2017 by agents from Wenhualu Police Station (+86-315-2853006, +86-315-2853386). Lubei District Domestic Security Office (+86-315-2534064) was also involved in the arrest.

The police spent three hours ransacking Mr. Cao's home. They threw him to the ground, and he needed several stitches for his injuries.

Prosecutor Huang Wei of Lubei District Procuratorate filed an indictment against Mr. Cao. The local court appointed lawyer Zhang Liqun to represent him and then sentenced Mr. Cao to prison on June 26, 2018.

Mr. Cao has been held at Tangshan City First Detention Center since his arrest. Due to poor conditions there, he has been suffering from rashes on his back.