(Minghui.org) Two women in Hegang City, Heilongjiang Province, were both sentenced to four years in prison for practicing Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.

In addition to prison time, Ms. Feng Junqing was also fined 4,000 yuan by the Xing’an District Court. Both Ms. Feng and Ms. Li Chunhui have appealed their verdicts with the Hegang City Intermediate Court.

It remains to be investigated when Ms. Feng and Ms. Li were tried and when the judge announced their verdicts.

Ms. Feng and her husband, Mr. Peng Yanfeng, were arrested at home on February 14, 2019. The police restrained Ms. Feng in an interrogation chair and Mr. Peng in a metal cage with his hands cuffed overnight. 

The couple was held in custody for 42 days and released only after the police extorted 20,000 yuan from their family. 

Ms. Feng was later indicted by the Xing’an District Procuratorate and taken back into custody. She has been held in the Hegang City Detention Center ever since. The timing of her second arrest remains to be investigated.

Ms. Li, 44, was arrested on April 25, 2019, when she went with Mr. Peng to request Ms. Feng's release and urge the police not to participate in the persecution of Falun Gong. 

Mr. Peng was released 15 days later, but Ms. Li remained in the Hegang City Detention Center. The guards there claimed that Ms. Li was a key coordinator in the Falun Gong group and denied her father's requests to visit her three times. The elderly man is not only concerned about his daughter's wellbeing but also worries about how her two boys, ages 12 and 9, are going to cope with their mother's imprisonment. 

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