Jilin Man Sentenced to 11 Years, Two Weeks Following His Arrest for Practicing Falun Gong
(Minghui.org) A local court in Fuyu City, Jilin Province secretly sentenced a man to an 11-year prison term for his faith in Falun Gong.
Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.
Mr. Liu Qing was arrested in his rental place in Songyuan City, Jilin Province on August 15, 2019, four years after he was forced into displacement to avoid persecution following an earlier arrest on July 16, 2015.
Because he developed serious symptoms after eleven days of detention in July 2015 and was frequently harassed after being released on bail, he decided to live away from home to avoid the police.
The police reopened his case a few days after his latest arrest. He appeared in Fuyu Court on August 27, 2019.
Without enough time to hire a lawyer, Mr. Liu defended himself and argued that he had not violated any laws by practicing Falun Gong and upholding his faith.
According to his wife who attended the hearing, Mr. Liu was emaciated. He had a bandage on his head and a feeding tube in his nose.
She initially thought that he was holding a hunger strike to protest the persecution and was being force-fed. But when she was asked to come to Fuyu Detention Center to urge him to eat on August 29, she learned from Mr. Liu that he wasn't holding a hunger strike, but had been vomiting everything he ate.
Mr. Liu's wife later learned from an insider that the judge sentenced her husband to 11 years in prison on the same day she went to see him, two weeks after his arrest.