Sixty-Five-Year-Old Woman Detained in Mental Hospital, Faces Trial for Her Faith
(Minghui.org) A 65-year-old woman in Foshan City, Guangdong Province was arrested on March 17, 2020 for her faith in Falun Gong. It took Ms. Li Yanqun's daughter more than two months to find out that she had been sent to the Foshan No. 3 People’s Hospital, a renowned mental hospital in the region.
Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is an ancient mind-body practice that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.
Ms. Li’s daughter told a Minghui correspondent that she went to her mother’s home on March 18, only to find a piece of police tape on the door. She used her spare key to get in and found the place in a big mess. She knew right away that her mother had been arrested again for refusing to renounce Falun Gong.
While searching for her mother, Ms. Li's daughter was referred to two local police stations and two local detention centers, none of which revealed her mother's exact detention location.
The younger woman hired two different lawyers, but neither lawyer had luck making appointments with the two detention centers, which denied having Ms. Li in their custody. After the lawyers' repeated requests, the authorities finally revealed that Ms. Li was currently being held in the mental hospital, but still rejected her family visits.
While inquiring about Ms. Li’s case status at Chancheng District Procuratorate on May 27, her daughter found that the prosecutor had accepted the police’s submission of her case on April 29. The daughter learned later that the prosecutor indicted Ms. Li on June 5, 2020 and forwarded the case to the local court soon afterward. Ms. Li is facing trial for her faith now.
It was confirmed that another practitioner, Ms. Deng Meizhen, 78, was arrested at Ms. Li’s home on March 17.
Prior to Ms. Li’s most recent ordeal, she had been arrested several times and sentenced in 2007 to three years in Guangdong Women’s Prison. Her hands and feet were injured and disfigured as a result of abuse in the prison.