(Minghui.org) Ms. Zheng Fengying and her husband Mr. Ma Xunde, Falun Gong practitioners from Wuzhong City, Ningxia Region, have been repeatedly persecuted for their faith.

On September 1, 2012 shortly after being released from prison, Ms. Zheng was illegally arrested again and secretly sentenced to 7 years in prison. She has appealed the sentence. The results of the appeal are not yet known.

Ms. Zheng's husband was also arrested and sentenced to 7.5 years in prison. Like his wife, he has appealed the sentence.

The couple have been incarcerated in the Wuzhong City Detention Center. Ms. Zheng is suffering from severe hypertension.

Family Persecuted

Ms. Zheng and her husband worked at the Ningxia Wuzhong Instrument Factory. Her husband was the director-general of the labor department.

Ms. Zheng used to suffer from many illnesses, including kidney disease, which forced her to retire early at the age of 45. Mr. Ma was also in poor health. In May 1997, a friend introduced them to Falun Gong. After a few months of practice, the couple's illnesses were miraculously healed.

Their peaceful existence didn't last long, however. The Chinese communist regime launched a brutal persecution of Falun Gong on July 20, 1999. Since then, both Mr. Ma and Ms. Zheng have been repeatedly detained and subjected to forced labor for their peaceful spiritual belief.

Over the past 14 years, the couple and their son have rarely been able to spend time together. In November 2009, the Qingtongxia City Court planned to hold an unlawful hearing to sentence the family. To avoid getting imprisoned, Ms. Zheng left home for 3 years.

Ms. Zheng returned home on September 1, 2012, with the intention of speaking to the management of the Wuzhong Instrument Factory about the pay she was owed. Officers from the Gucheng Police Station in Wuzhong City soon came and arrested both her and her husband.

Since then, Ms. Zheng and Mr. Ma have been detained in the Wuzhong City Detention Center.

Friends and relatives of the couple did not find out about their arrest until the end of 2012. By this time, Ms. Zheng had already been secretly sentenced to 7 years in jail. In preparation for transferring her to jail, the detention center notified her relatives to bring her personal belongings. They indicated that they had only notified the family because Ms. Zheng was a very nice person.

Parties Involved in the Persecution:
Wuzhong City Detention Center: +86-953-2242610
Wuzhong City Police Department: +86-953-2126629
Wuzhong City Intermediate Court: +86-953-2272298, +86-953-2272298 (Fax)
Wuzhong City Litong District Court: +86-9532037056, +86-0953-2035088 (Office), +86-953-2037830 (Visitors' Line)

Litong District Police Department in Wuzhong City: +86-953-2025866, +86-953-2666573 (Fax)
He Zhanzhong, department head: +86-953-2021210 (Office), +86-13995139666 (Cell)
Wuzhong Gucheng Police Station: +86-953-6518110
Xu Shuai: +86-18998383009
Ma Shenghai: +86-13995138558

General Address: Wuzhong City, Ningxia, postal code 751100, district code 0953

Qingtongxia City Court: postal code 751600

Personnel who participated in the illegal hearing:
An Zhaojun, presiding judge
Ma Tingzun, judge
Teng Liqin (role not known)
Tan Jianhong, court clerk
Han Zhucun, prosecutor, Qingtongxia City Procuratorate

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