Hubei Woman Sentenced to Two Years for Distributing Information about Her Faith, Now Held Incommunicado
(Minghui.org) A Falun Gong practitioner in Wuhan City, Hubei Province was sentenced to two years for raising awareness about the persecution of her faith. The authorities refused to disclose her detention location to her family.
Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a spiritual and meditation practice that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.
Ms. Hou Guihua, 66, was arrested in late June 2019 after being reported for distributing informational materials about Falun Gong in a park. The police ransacked her home, confiscated her Falun Gong books, and gave her 15 days of administrative detention.
Ms. Hou coughed up blood in detention. Instead of releasing her 15 days later, the police held her under criminal detention and attempted to transfer her to Wuhan City No.1 Detention Center, which refused to accept her after discovering that she had high blood pressure and diabetes.
The police released Ms. Hou and placed her under house arrest for six months.
Ms. Hou was ordered to appear in Wuchang District Court in late December 2019. The judge sentenced her to two years in prison on the charge of “undermining law enforcement with a cult organization,” the standard pretext used by the Chinese courts to sentence Falun Gong practitioners.
Ms. Hou was taken back into custody after the trial and has been held incommunicado since.