Two Jailed Practitioners Denied Family Visits for Upholding Their Faith
(Minghui.org) Ms. Lu Shiming, a Falun Gong practitioner in Jianye District, Nanjing City, was sentenced to prison and put into the Jiangsu Province Women’s Prison on January 19, 2019. Because she refused to renounce her belief in Falun Gong and the principles of Truthfulness-Benevolence-Forbearance, her family has not been allowed to visit her for more than four months.
Ms. Lu, 52, started practicing Falun Dafa on June 14, 2014. Just one week after she started reading the book Zhuan Falun, the insomnia that had plagued her for 15 years disappeared. Gradually, other problems including depression, heart disease, stomach problem, thyroid disease, and menopausal symptoms were all gone. She was overjoyed and began to introduce others to Falun Gong in the hope that they would benefit from the practice as much as she had.
Ms. Lu was arrested by officers from the Shazhou Police Station (in Nanjing's Jianye District) on May 19, 2017, and was released on bail while awaiting trial. She was arrested again on September 19 and tried on May 29, 2018 in the Jingye District Court.
She was sentenced to two years in prison at the end of October 2018 and fined 20,000 Yuan. She appealed her case to the Nanjing Intermediate Court, which upheld the original verdict. On January 19, 2019, M. Lu was sent to the Jiangsu Province Women’s Prison in Yuhuatai District, Nanjing City.
Ms. Chen Jing, a Falun Gong practitioner from Yuhuatai District, Nanjing City, was arrested at home on May 4, 2018, by officers from the Binhu Police Station. They searched her home and detained her for more than 10 hours. She was fined 1,000 Yuan and was allowed to go home to await a trial.
Ms. Chen was later sentenced to nine months in prison for distributing truth-clarifying materials and taken to Jiangsu Province Women’s Prison on October 19, 2018. Her family has not been allowed to visit her for about eight months because she refuses to renounce Falun Gong.
Ms. Chen's family is worried about her treatment and welfare in prison.
Parties Involved in the Persecution of Ms. Lu and Ms. Chen:
Wu Xiaofeng (吴晓凤 ), Warden, Jiangsu Women’s Prison, +8613851548180Mao Qinhua (毛勤华), Political Commissar, Jiangsu Women’s PrisonZhang Xiaowei (张晓伟), Director, Jiangsu Province Prison Administration BureauLiu Baomin (刘保民), Political Commissar, Jiangsu Province Prison Administration BureauSong Hongxing (宋洪兴), Director, Discipline Inspection Division at Jiangsu Province Prison Administration Bureau