66-year-old Woman Given Second Prison Term for Her Faith
(Minghui.org) A Kunming City, Yunnan Province resident was sentenced to three years in prison with a 10,000 yuan fine for her faith in Falun Gong, a spiritual practice that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.
Ms. Zhang Shuilan, a 66-year-old retired communication equipment company employee, was arrested on August 19, 2019, after she was reported for distributing information about Falun Gong. The police ransacked her home and confiscated her Falun Gong books and related materials, as well as a tablet. Her arrest was approved by the Xishan Procuratorate on September 24.
Ms. Zhang was tried by the Xishan District Court on August 5, 2020. The Falun Gong literature found in her tablet was used as prosecution evidence against her. Her lawyer entered a not guilty plea for her. He argued that Ms. Zhang didn’t violate any law or undermine law enforcement in practicing her faith. The judge still convicted her at the end of the trial.
This is the second time that Ms. Zhang has been sentenced for her faith. She was previously arrested on August 27, 2010, and sentenced to three years by the Kunming City Court.