(Minghui.org) Five Haozhou City, Anhui Province residents were sentenced to prison for their faith in Falun Gong.

Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a spiritual and meditation discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.

Four sisters, including Ms. Mu Min, Ms. Mu Pengjuan, Ms. Mu Xia and Ms. Mu Lifang, were each sentenced to 7.5 years in prison with a 50,000-yuan fine. 

Ms. Jiang Jianmei was given 4.5 years and fined 30,000 yuan.

The five practitioners were arrested on April 17, 2019. Another six members of the Mu sisters' family, including their mother Ms. Wang Yulan, nearly 80, were also arrested and held briefly in custody.

The five practitioners appeared in the Qiaocheng District Court on December 5, 2019. Their lawyers entered a not guilty plea for them. The women also testified in their own defense.

The judge recently handed down the verdicts against the practitioners. They have appealed the sentences with the Haozhou City Intermediate Court.

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