(Minghui.org) A 78-year-old woman in Fushun City, Liaoning Province, was secretly sentenced to five years for speaking up about Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999. Ms. Sun Yanzhi was recently diagnosed with a tumor in her abdomen. It’s not clear if her family has applied for medical parole for her.

Ms. Sun was arrested on January 9, 2020, for distributing informational materials about Falun Gong. Although she was released that night, the police returned on February 4 to search her home. They attempted to confiscate her Falun Gong books but relented when she protested. The officers took her Falun Gong magazines instead.

Ms. Sun was summoned to the police station on June 10. She urged the officers not to follow the communist regime in persecuting Falun Gong. The police refused to listen and submitted her case to the procuratorate. Her case was scheduled to be heard in court on October 20, 2020. She refused to show up and lived away from home to avoid police harassment, only to be arrested shortly after she returned home.

While she was waiting for a bus on May 12, 2021, a car with no license plate stopped in front of her, and five police officers jumped out and arrested her. She was taken to the Nangou Detention Center and has been held there since.

Judge Tian Hao later secretly sentenced Ms. Sun to five years. Her family recently received a call from the detention center. The caller said that they took Ms. Sun for a physical exam after she had stomach pain and the doctor found a tumor in her abdomen measuring nearly 3.9 by 4.3 inches. She is now very weak and her husband is worried about her.

Perpetrators’ contact information:
Jiang Qunda (姜群大), secretary of Fushun City Political and Legal Affairs Committee: +86-13704934966
Tian Hao (田浩), presiding judge, Dongzhou District Court: +86-18641318747Shao Jianchun (绍建春), vice president, Dongzhou District Procuratorate: +86-24-54671674

(More perpetrators’ contact information is available in the original Chinese article.)

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