(Minghui.org) After nearly two years of incommunicado detention, a Linyi City, Shandong Province resident was secretly sentenced to prison, for a possible nine-year term. 

Mr. Zhu Tonggui, 45, was arrested along with his older brother, Mr. Zhu Tongchao, on May 23, 2018 for their faith in Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.

For the past 21 years, Mr. Zhu Tonggui has been forced to live away from home to avoid the persecution. The authorities withheld his ID, rendering him unable to find a job. The police also constantly harassed his elderly mother, causing her tremendous mental distress.

Mr. Zhu and his brother were interrogated at the local police station following their arrests. The officers forcibly collected blood samples and took their pictures. 

On May 25, the brothers were transferred to the Linyi City Detention Center. The guards savagely beat Mr. Zhu Tongguiand put him in handcuffs and shackles in a position in which he couldn’t stand up straight.

While the older brother was later released on bail, Mr. Zhu Tonggui was transferred to a brainwashing center. On one occasion he was deprived of sleep for three days. 

When Mr. Zhu’s family and lawyer visited him at the brainwashing center on July 27, 2018, Su Wei, the head of the brainwashing center, threatened and struck the lawyer.

It was recently confirmed by Minghui.org that Mr. Zhu has been sentenced to a heavy term by the Lanshan District Court, possibly for nine years. His exact prison sentence remains to be investigated.

Mr. Zhu’s 90-year-old mother was traumatized by the police brutality displayed during her son's arrest. She has fallen ill and is now bedridden. 

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