(Minghui.org) A 66-year-old Shulan City, Jilin Province resident was sentenced to 3.5 years for practicing Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.

Mr. Zhu Zhaoshui was arrested on September 10, 2019 and was detained at the Shulan City Detention Center. He appeared in the Shulan City Court on December 19, 2019. His family learned in November 2020 that he had been convicted. His mother, 93, cries every day about his ordeal and longs for her son's return.

Mr. Zhu began to practice Falun Gong in 1998. Those who knew him before were surprised to see the changes he underwent after taking up the practice.

Once a heavy smoker and drinker who often initiated fights with people with his martial arts skills, Mr. Zhu quit smoking and drinking and refrained from fighting.

He became humble, honest, gentle and kind. He took good care of his bedridden wife for more than ten years until she passed away. He then invited his hot-tempered mother to move in with him since none of his siblings were willing to take care of her.

Because of refusing to give up Falun Gong, Mr. Zhu was repeatedly arrested and suffered torture while in detention.

He was arrested on November 3, 2002. The police hung him up by the wrists and beat him. His arms had lost sensation by the time he was let down. It took him six months to recover. The guards also tied him to a metal fence and didn’t allow him to sleep for three days.

Mr. Zhu was later given one year of forced labor at Jiutai Forced Labor Camp. His term was extended by 5.5 months because he refused to renounce Falun Gong.

He was arrested again on January 5, 2006 and given another one-year term at Jiutai Forced Labor Camp. After the labor camp refused to admit him, the police detained him at Shulan City Detention Center and extorted 2,000 yuan from his family on January 23, 2006 before releasing him. The police continued to harass Mr. Zhu afterwards, forcing him to live away from home to avoid persecution.

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