(Minghui.org) Having been denied family visitation since August 2021, a 27-year-old man who is serving a 5.5-year term for his faith in Falun Gong was finally allowed to meet with his mother.
According to Mr. Song Yucen’s mother, who saw him on March 2, 2022, he lost some weight and his skin tone became darker, but he was still in a good spirits. He was being forced to make plasticware without pay. The visitation lasted thirty minutes and was monitored by a prison guard.
Mr. Song, of Shenyang City, Liaoning Province, was arrested on March 29, 2019 for telling people how his depression was cured by practicing Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999. He was tried by the Heping District Court on June 16, 2020, and sentenced to a 5.5-year prison term on December 29, 2020. He appealed with the Shenyang City Intermediate Court, which ruled to uphold the original verdict.
Mr. Song was transferred from Heping Detention Center to the New Admission Prison in Shenyang on July 9, 2021, then to the Second Ward of Dalian City Prison on August 15.
Mr. Song’s mother filed a motion to reconsider his case with the intermediate court on October 13, 2021, which was rejected in December.
Mr. Song’s mother and grandmother were meanwhile themselves targeted for speaking out for Falun Gong. Six officers from Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province, along with the police in Shenyang, broke into his mother’s home on November 9, arrested her and her mother, Ms. Li Guitian. They were reported by Wu Weimin, the political director of Wujiang District Court in Suzhou, for mailing a letter to him on October 12, urging him not to participate in the persecution. Both women were released on the same day.
Mr. Song’s mother and grandmother went to the Dalian Prison again on February 16, 2022, demanding to see him. They stood outside the prison despite cold weather, but still weren’t granted the visitation.
They returned to Dalian one more time on March 2. They first went to the Dalian City Justice Bureau. After much negotiation, the director agreed to allow her to see him the next month. Mr. Song’s mother insisted on seeing him on that day. She went to the prison in the afternoon. Li Liankuan, the prison’s political director, decided to allow her to meet with Mr. Song.
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