(Minghui.org) Ms. Wu Shengjiang, a 70-year-old Xingtai City, Hebei Province resident, has been taken to the Shijiazhuang Women’s Prison to serve an unknown term for practicing Falun Gong.
Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.
Ms. Wu was arrested on June 3, 2020, after being reported for distributing informational materials about Falun Gong. The police ransacked her home and confiscated everything related to Falun Gong. After over a month at the Xingtai City No. 1 Detention Center, she was released on bail. Yet the police constantly came to her home to harass her.
Ms. Wu received a notice from the Julu County Police Department on April 25, 2021, informing her that they had submitted her case to the procuratorate with the charge of “undermining law enforcement,” the standard pretext used to frame Falun Gong in China.
The police and a procuratorate staff member harassed Ms. Wu on June 1, 2021 and took her to the village committee’s office. They attempted to deceive her into signing the case document, claiming that her case would be dismissed if she signed it. She refused to comply, but talked to the officials about how she had benefitted from practicing Falun Gong and that no law has ever criminalized it in China.
The procuratorate staff member refused to listen to her, but ordered the police to detain her at the Dicun Detention Center.
Ms. Wu stood trial at the Guangzong County Court on August 20, 2021 and has since been taken to the Shijiazhuang Women’s Prison. Yet the authorities still kept her family in the dark as to the length of her prison sentence.
This is not the first time that Ms. Wu has been targeted for upholding her faith. Ever since the Chinese Communist Party started the persecution of Falun Gong in 1999, Ms. Wu has been arrested multiple times. She was once shocked with electric batons in police custody and has been subjected to extortion by the police.
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