(Minghui.org) A Cao County, Shandong Province resident was recently sentenced to four years for her faith in Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.

Ms. Gao Menghua, in her 70s, was arrested on July 30, 2021, while caring for her hospitalized 100-year-old mother and disabled husband in his 70s. Officers of the Qinghe Police Station and Caocheng Town Police Station first took her to the hospital and collected her blood sample. She was taken to the Juancheng County Detention Center, which rejected her admission due to her advanced age. She was then released on bail.

Ms. Gao was later charged with talking to people about Falun Gong. She was made to stand trial in August and sentenced to four years. More details about her sentence are being investigated.

Since early June 2021, the authorities in Cao County have begun to harass local practitioners, with the excuse of maintaining stability during the communist regime’s centennial anniversary. Almost all of the practitioners who have been persecuted since 1999 were targeted in this new round of harassment. Most of them were ordered to talk to the police in person, have their videos taken and write statements to renounce Falun Gong.