Shandong Woman with Medical Conditions Denied Bail and Sentenced to Prison for Her Faith
(Minghui.org) A 69-year-old woman who developed medical conditions during detention for her faith in Falun Gong was denied bail and sentenced to 3.5 years in prison.
Ms. Wang Qiulan, a resident of Shouguang City, Shandong Province, was admitted to Shandong Women’s Prison in Jinan City around March 14, 2019. Her family wasn't informed of her imprisonment until ten days later.
Ms. Wang was arrested on May 3, 2018, prior to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit held in Qingdao City last year. The police suspected that she provided Falun Gong informational materials to two other Falun Gong practitioners, Ms. Zhen Mingfeng, in her 70s, and Ms. Liu Shumei, nearly 70 – both of whom were also arrested on the same day.
While Ms. Zhen and Ms. Liu were denied admission to the detention center after they failed the physical exams, Ms. Wang was held in the Weifang Detention Center.
After a period of detention, she began to experience stomach pain. She had to use the restroom nearly 30 times a day and there was excessive protein in her urine, usually an indicator of a severe kidney problem.
The detention center reported her conditions to the police. But the police refused to release her on bail and continued to submit her case to the Procuratorate. After returning her case to the police once for insufficient evidence, the prosecutor indicted all three women and submitted their cases to Qingzhou Court.
Ms. Wang, Ms. Zhen and Ms. Lu appeared in court on January 14, 2019, and testified in their own defense.
The judge later sentenced to Ms. Wang to 3.5 years in prison. It wasn't clear whether Ms. Zhen and Ms. Lu were convicted.
Ms. Wang's medical conditions and recent imprisonment left her family in tremendous agony. Her 70-year-old husband and nearly 100-year-old mother are very worried about her.