(Minghui.org) A couple in Taian City, Shandong Province was sentenced for their faith in Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.

Mr. Zhao Qisen, 56, and his wife, Ms. Zheng Hongling, were arrested on October 25, 2018. The police broke into their home and ransacked their place. 

The police interrogated the couple at Jieshan Town Police Station. Mr. Zhao was then sent to Dongping County Detention Center. Ms. Zheng was released on bail due to her physical condition.

The Dongping County Procuratorate forwarded their cases to Feicheng City Procuratorate on April 18, 2019. 

The Feicheng City Court tried the couple on June 19, 2019, and sentenced them on July 24. Mr. Zhao got two years and was fined 10,000 yuan. Ms. Zheng was sentenced to three and a half years with a 20,000 yuan fine. She appealed to Taian City Intermediate Court, which ruled to uphold her prison sentence.

Mr. Zhao was sent to Shandong Province Prison on October 24, 2019. He lost a lot of hair and is emaciated after one year of incarceration at the detention center. 

Ms. Zheng is currently serving time outside of prison due to her poor health. The authorities had her pension account frozen after she was sentenced, leaving her to struggle to make ends meet.

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