(Minghui.org) A 62-year-old retired marketing manager was sentenced to eight years in prison for his faith in Falun Gong, an ancient spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.

Mr. Deng Daoheng, a Kaijiang County, Sichuan Province resident, was arrested on January 13, 2018. The police raided his home and confiscated more than 100 Falun Gong books. They also searched his computer and found greeting cards created by local practitioners to celebrate the public introduction of Falun Gong. 

He was denied family visits during the two years he was held at Kaijiang County Detention Center.

Mr. Deng was secretly tried on April 9, 2019. The confiscated books and electronic greeting cards were used as evidence against him. He testified in his own defense, arguing that he violated no laws by practicing his faith and owning Falun Gong books and materials.

The Kaijiang County Court convicted him in mid-January 2020. 

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