Disabled While Trying to Escape from Torture Decade Ago, Hebei Woman Is Given Four Years for Not Giving Up Her Persecuted Faith
(Minghui.org) Ms. Wan Yonghong was taken to Shijiazhuang Women's Prison on June 18, 2019 to serve a four-year term for not renouncing her faith in Falun Gong.
Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a mind-body discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.
Ms. Wan, a resident of Qian'an City, Hebei Province, was arrested on December 15, 2015. She was held at Tangshan City No.1 Detention Center for more than three years before being sentenced to prison and fined 8,000 yuan by Qian'an Court on March 19, 2019.
She appealed the verdict to Tangshan City Intermediate Court, which upheld the sentence on June 6 without a hearing.
During the time Ms. Wan was held in the detention center, her father, in his 80s, suffered from declining health with tremendous mental distress worrying about her. He passed away on May 31, 2017. Ms. Wan wasn't allowed to see her father before his death.
Ms. Wan, a former director at the Industrial and Commercial Bank, had been repeatedly arrested and detained for holding firm to her faith in the past two decades.
She sustained irreversible spine and leg injuries in 2007 while trying to escape police detention from a fourth-floor window. She has two metal plates in her back and leg, and her left leg remains numb. She cannot squat and has trouble maintaining her balance while walking.
Ms. Wan spent more than 70,000 yuan to treat her injuries, but neither the police nor her employer covered any of her medical expenses. In addition, under pressure from the local 610 Office, her employer also suspended her salary, pension, and other benefits.