(Minghui.org) A 76-year-old retired teacher was recently sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for practicing Falun Gong, a spiritual and meditation discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese Communist Party since 1999.

Ms. Ma Shufen was taken away from her home during a group arrest in Tianjin on December 4, 2018. 

Prior to her arrest, officers from Xincun Police Station and staff members from her local residential committee had harassed her several times and questioned whether she still practiced Falun Gong. 

Ms. Ma was indicted in September 2019. The court officials said they could give her a lenient sentence because of her advanced age, but on the condition that she renounced her faith. But if she didn’t renounce her faith, they threatened to give her a heavy term. She refused to comply and was jailed.

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