(Minghui.org) A 41-year-old resident in Kunming City, Yunnan Province was sentenced to one year for her faith in Falun Gong and taken to the Yunnan Province No.2 Women’s Prison on May 19, 2021.
Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.
Officers from the Xincun Police Station and local fire department went to Ms. Wu Chaokun’s clothing store on December 7, 2020, and asked her to join a WeChat group of local business owners. As she was talking to them, the officers saw the words she wrote in her store, “Falun Dafa is good; Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance is good.” They reported her to the Dongchuan District Domestic Security Office. Director Li Hongyi soon came and arrested her. The police also searched her store and confiscated her three Falun Gong books, without a search warrant.
Ms. Wu’s family went to the Xincun Police Station in the evening to demand her release but to no avail. Her older sister, Ms. Wu Chaohui, returned to the police station the next morning to inquire about her case and saw her there. Ms. Wu Chaokun complained that the police were handcuffing her very tightly. When her sister asked the police to loosen the handcuff, the police threatened to arrest her as well.
Ms. Wu Chaokun was transferred to the Kunming City Detention Center on December 9.
Ms. Wu’s family sought justice for her at the procuratorate and court. But the authorities ignored their complaints and rushed through the prosecution process.
When her family talked to prosecutor Shu Chaoqun of Xundian County Procuratorate in mid-March 2021, Shu said that she had forwarded Ms. Wu’s case to the court. She ordered the family to stop filing complaints against them and said it’s useless.
Ms. Wu was tried through a video conference by the Xundian County Court on March 20. The judge asked her whether she would break her ties with Falun Gong. Ms. Wu insisted that she would never give up her faith.
Ms. Wu’s latest arrest came only six months after an earlier arrest on March 26, 2020. The day before, Ms. Wu received a text message from a person, who had mistakenly paid a 50-yuan phone bill to her cellphone number, which was only one digit different from his. Ms. Wu returned the payment to the man and told him about how Falun Gong teaches people to be a good person.
As the police were monitoring her phone, they arrested her and detained her for 15 days. Her home was also ransacked and her Falun Gong books, informational materials and an MP3 player were confiscated.
When Ms. Wu’s older sister Ms. Wu Chaohui and younger brother Mr. Wu Chaoqian went to the Domestic Security Office to inquire about her case, they were also arrested. The older Ms. Wu had her home ransacked and Mr. Wu was detained for eight days.
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