Once Incarcerated for Four Years, Sichuan Man Sentenced for His Faith Again
(Minghui.org) After having served four years in prison, a Nanchong City, Sichuan Province resident was sentenced again for his faith in Falun Gong, a spiritual and meditation discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.
Mr. Zhang Jun was arrested on November 30, 2019, and held at Huafeng Detention Center. He was sentenced to 2.5 years with a 5,000-yuan fine on September 7, 2020, by the Shunqing District Court, on charges of “undermining law enforcement,” a standard pretext used by the communist regime to imprison Falun Gong practitioners.
Mr. Zhang appealed with the Nanchong City Intermediate Court, which ruled to uphold his verdict on November 14, 2020.
Mr. Zhang took up Falun Gong in 2010. He was first arrested on April 18, 2014, after being reported for distributing Falun Gong materials with another practitioner, Mr. Ming Shaolin. Both of them were beaten and interrogated at the local police station. Mr. Ming was hit on the head, slapped in the face, kicked in his abdomen and on his feet, and struck with a rod for over an hour.
After they were taken to the Nanchong City Detention Center, both men held hunger strikes to protest the torture. They were then beaten with a rubber club and force-fed.
Both Mr. Zhang and Mr. Ming were sentenced to four years by the Jialing District Court on October 8, 2014. Mr. Zhang was taken to the Jiazhou Prison on February 4, 2015. He was forced to work long hours without pay. If he failed to finish the quota, the guards would punish him in the evening.
The police continued to harass Mr. Zhang after he was released on October 18, 2017.
On August 22, 2018, a group of officers went to his mother’s home. As she was not in, they took pictures of the outside of her residence and came back in the afternoon to ask about Mr. Zhang’s whereabouts.