Yunnan Woman in Critical Condition in Prison—Family Visits Denied
(Minghui.org) A 66-year-old woman fell into critical condition months after she was imprisoned, serving time for her faith in Falun Gong.
Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is an ancient spiritual and meditation discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.
Ms. Zhang Zhongyi, of Kunming City, Yunnan Province, was arrested at home on September 1, 2019 and sent to the Kunming City Detention Center that afternoon.
Ms. Zhang was tried by the Xishan District Court through a video conference on March 4, 2020. Her family wasn’t allowed to attend the hearing. She was sentenced on April 3 to a one-year and seven-month prison term, with 2,000 yuan fine.
Ms. Zhang developed severe cholecystitis and other complications shortly after she was sent to the Yunnan Province No. 2 Women’s Prison. The prison authorities issued a critical condition notice to her family, but didn’t allow them to visit her.
Ms. Zhang is now being treated at the prison hospital. Details about her condition remain unclear. She is scheduled to be released on March 31, 2021.