72-year-old Woman Sentenced to Seven Years Without Her Knowledge
(Minghui.org) Three court staff members and three police officers broke into Ms. Dong Shuxian’s home on July 14, 2020, and said they were there to take her to prison to serve the seven years she had been sentenced to for practicing Falun Gong, a spiritual practice that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.
Ms. Dong, a 72-year-old Chaoyang City, Liaoning Province resident, was in total shock. She asked Geng Hongyan, the presiding judge of the Shuangta Court, “What did I do? I have been staying at home and don’t know anything. Why am I sentenced to seven years? What law did I break? You need to show me the documents.”
Geng said nothing. An officer from the Qianjin Police Station said they were enforcing an order from their superiors.
The police took Ms. Dong to a hospital for a physical exam, where she was found to have dangerously high blood pressure. After the local prison refused to accept her, the officers took Ms. Dong back to the hospital. When her blood pressure remained high, they had to take her back home late at night.
On August 20, the same three officers returned to Ms. Dong’s home. They took her to see a medical specialist, who examined her with the newest devices. She still didn’t meet the health requirements for prison admission.
It’s not clear whether the authorities will continue to try to get Ms. Dong admitted to prison.
In the past two decades, Ms. Dong has been arrested several times for her faith and served time in a brainwashing center and a forced labor camp. It’s reported that the authorities targeted her this time because of her criminal complaint filed in 2015 against Jiang Zemin, the former head of the Chinese communist regime who ordered the persecution of Falun Gong in 1999. She was previously arrested on November 9, 2015, and had 23,000 yuan in cash and her Falun Gong books confiscated. The same judge, Geng Hongyan of the Shuangta Court, sentenced her to two years with three years probation back then.