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Taken Home on a Stretcher, Beijing Woman Sentenced to Prison Days Later

May 8, 2021 |   By a Minghui correspondent in Beijing, China

(Minghui.org) Ten days after Ms. Wang Chaoying was taken back home by an ambulance, a local court sent people to her home to announce that the 67-year-old Beijing resident had been sentenced to 2.5 years and fined 5,000 yuan.

Led by a police officer, three staff members of the Yanqing District Court stood in the front yard and read the verdict. Ms. Wang’s family went out and questioned the agents why they'd still sentence her when she had been tortured to emaciation and terrible health after six months of detention.

The court personnel threw the verdict to the side and ran back into the police car. Ms. Wang’s family got hold of the police officer and asked him, “She’s already like this from the torture. You don’t even take a look at her and still sentenced her. Do you just want her to die [from the persecution]?” The police officer responded that he was just following orders from his supervisor, before running back to the car as well.

Ms. Wang was arrested at a tourist attraction on October 6, 2020, after being reported for distributing informational materials about Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.

She held a hunger strike to protest the persecution at Changping Detention Center and was hospitalized three times.

Despite her condition, she was still made to stand trial at the detention center in early April 2021. She was handcuffed to the chair and had to lean on it. She remained silent throughout the hearing.

With her deteriorating condition, the guards took her back to the police hospital. The doctor refused to treat her and urged judge Zhang Wenbin to release her. Only then did the judge agree to have her released on April 20.

According to her family, she was about 120 lbs when she was arrested. Now she weighs less than 80 lbs.

It’s not clear whether the judge would allow her to serve time at home or order the police to take her back into custody.

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