(Minghui.org) A 70-year-old retired teacher serving time for his faith in Falun Gong was beaten in prison.

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

It was reported that guards at Shandong Province Prison beat Mr. Wang Jinhua prior to the Chinese New Year. He appeared to be delirious afterward. His face was swollen and bruised. Two of his front teeth were knocked out. The guards starved him for three days.

Mr. Wang, of Pingyuan County, Shandong Province, was arrested on March 5, 2018, after being reported for putting up posters about Falun Gong a few days before. He was released on bail on March 17 due to high blood pressure.

The Xiajin County Procuratorate indicted Mr. Wang on May 29, 2019, on the charge of “undermining law enforcement with a cult organization,” a standard pretext used by the communist regime to frame Falun Gong practitioners. 

Mr. Wang appeared in Xiajin County Court on July 18, 2019, and was sentenced to two years and fined 5,000 yuan on August 7.

The police took Mr. Wang to Dezhou City Detention Center on August 8, but he was denied admission due to his high blood pressure. The police tried again on October 9, but he still failed the required physical exam. The next day, staff members from the court took Mr. Wang to Shandong Province Prison themselves.

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