Seven Months After Serving Five Years for His Faith, Software Engineer Arrested and Faces Another Prison Sentence
(Minghui.org) Only seven months after Mr. Wang Yifan finished serving a five-year term for practicing Falun Gong, he was arrested and is now facing another term for raising awareness about his faith.
Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is an ancient spiritual and meditation discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese Communist Party since 1999.
Mr. Wang, 36, was a software engineer working in Tangshan City, Hebei Province. He was sentenced to five years by Tangshan City Court in 2015 after being reported for circumventing internet censorship at an internet cafe.
Every time Mr. Wang's parents traveled 500 miles to the Jidong No.2 Prison, their request to visit their son was denied on the first try. They had to implore the prison repeatedly before being finally granted visits.
After Mr. Wang was released in May 2019, he moved in with his parents, who live in Rushan City, Shandong Province.
Only seven months later, he was arrested again for talking to people about Falun Gong at a farmers’ market. The police ransacked his parents’ home and put him on criminal detention.
Accusing Mr. Wang of being a repeat offender, the police soon submitted his case to Rongcheng City Procuratorate in March 2020. Days later, the prosecutor indicted him and moved his case to Rongcheng City Court.
Since 2018, all Falun Gong cases in the metropolitan area of Weihai, where Rushan and Rongcheng are located, have been handled by officials in Rongcheng.
Mr. Wang was secretly tried by Rongcheng City Court on May 15, 2020. He is currently held at Rushan City Detention Center.