(Minghui.org) Two women in two neighboring districts in Chifeng City, Inner Mongolia were tried separately by the same court for upholding their faith in Falun Gong. One has been sentenced to prison and the other is awaiting a verdict.

Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a mind-body discipline persecuted by the communist regime since 1999.

Ms. Wang Fei

Ms. Wang Fei lives in Yuanbaoshan District. She was sentenced to 18 months in prison and fined 5,000 yuan on December 5, 2018, after two hearings at Hongshan District Court, first on August 22 and then on October 18. She has appealed the verdict.

Ms. Wang was arrested on January 31, 2018 after going from place to place for over five years to avoid further persecution. The police submitted her case to the procuratorate six days after her arrest.

Because of not renouncing her faith, Ms. Wang had been arrested multiple times in the past and was once imprisoned for three years. Her husband divorced her because of the persecution.

Ms. Li Shuhua

Ms. Li Shuhua lives in Hongshan District. She was tried by the same court as Ms. Wang on November 29, 2018.

She was arrested on August 22, 2018 after the police obtained her information from another practitioner, Ms. Song Jiqin, who had been arrested earlier that day after being reported for talking to people about Falun Gong.

It wasn't clear whether Ms. Song was tried together with Ms. Li.

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