(Minghui.org) A married couple in Yuzhou City, Henan Province were sentenced for their faith in Falun Gong, an ancient spiritual and meditation discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.

Mr. Dong Tianfu, 66, and his wife, Ms. Zhao Song, 64, were arrested at home on October 12, 2018. Their computer, printer, and Falun Gong books were confiscated.

Both Mr. Dong and Ms. Zhao were put on criminal detention soon after their arrests. Mr. Dong was detained at Yuzhou City Detention Center and Ms. Zhao was held at Xuchang City Detention Center. 

The Weidu District Procuratorate indicted them on September 3, 2019 with the charge of “undermining law enforcement,” a standard pretext used against Falun Gong practitioners. 

The couple appeared in court twice, first on September 17 and then on November 8, 2019. 

The judge recently announced the verdicts against them: 

Mr. Dong was sentenced to two years with two years probation, and was fined 5,000 yuan. 

Ms. Zhao was given one and a half years with two years probation. She was fined 4,000 yuan.