(Minghui.org) A Chinese-Canadian remains detained in Beijing since her arrest more than a year ago for refusing to renounce Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline being persecuted by the Chinese communist regime. Her family and friends are continuing their efforts to seek her release.

Ms. Sun Qian, 52, had a hugely successful career as the founder of Beijing Leadman Biochemistry Co., Ltd. She was twice placed on China’s Hurun Report of wealthy individuals. Her success, though, came at the expense of her health, and nothing helped her heart palpitations, liver problems, and depression.

Ms. Sun Qian

Her symptoms disappeared shortly after she began practicing Falun Gong in 2014. However, her new faith landed her in police custody. Ms. Sun was arrested at her home in Beijing on February 19, 2017. Due to her Canadian citizenship, her case has received widespread attention in both China and Canada. When the Canadian government sought her release, the Chinese government stepped up pressure on lawyers who signed up to fight for her constitutional right to freedom of belief.

A total of three lawyers were forced to quit representing her between June 2017 and late March 2018. Her family managed to find a few new lawyers to represent her.

Her hearing was initially scheduled for April 9, 2018, but it was rescheduled to an unknown date.

Ms. Sun's family and friends submitted a request to have her case dropped, but they have yet to receive a response.

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