(Minghui.org) A 72-year-old Beijing resident was recently sentenced to eight years in prison and fined 15,000 yuan for her faith in Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.

Ms. Gu Xiaohua was arrested on April 17, 2019. The police ransacked her home and confiscated her Falun Gong books and a dozen cellphones. The police submitted her case to the Chaoyang District Procuratorate on July 18, 2019. The prosecutor indicted her on January 9, 2020 and moved her case to the Chaoyang District Court.

The Chaoyang District Detention Center refused to allow Ms. Gu’s lawyer to visit her for more than a year. The lawyer applied with the court several times to release Ms. Gu on bail, but was rejected each time.

Ms. Gu insisted that she hadn’t violated any law by practicing Falun Gong, and she refused to wear shackles or handcuffs.

The Chaoyang District Court held a hearing at the detention center on April 19, 2021. Her lawyer wasn’t allowed to attend the hearing. She was sentenced around August.

Ms. Gu has been repeatedly targeted for her faith since the onset of the persecution. She was given 1.5 years of forced labor in January 2002, sentenced to 4 years in November 2005 and given another 2.5 years of forced labor in February 2009.

Perpetrators’ contact information:
Cui Guangtong (崔光同), judge of Chaoyang District Court: +86-13811741740
Liu Shengjun (刘胜军), judge of Chaoyang District Court: +86-18612296152Li Tang (李唐), prosecutor of Chaoyang District Procuratorate: +86-18911163156Hao Fei (郝飞), head of Chaoyang District Detention Center: +86-13501093247Niu Guoquan (牛国泉), head of Chaoyang District Domestic Security Office: +86-10-65094217Yu Jiuxiang (于久翔), director of Chaoyang District 610 Office: +86-13911627279

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

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Category: Accounts of Persecution