(Minghui.org) An ailing woman was tried at home without prior notice and later sentenced to 1.5 years with a 10,000-yuan fine for her faith, Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline that has been targeted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.

Ms. Zeng Jianjiang, a 59-year-old Hulin City, Heilongjiang Province resident, was cooking lunch at home on July 12, 2020, when a group of officers broke in and arrested her. Her home was also ransacked.

The police claimed that they had been monitoring her since November 2019 and found her mailing letters to the public about the persecution of Falun Gong.

When the police took Ms. Zeng for a physical examination in preparation for her detention, she was found to have high blood pressure as well as heart and liver problems. After a few hours of interrogation, she was released on bail at midnight and forced to pay a 1,000-yuan bond.

As Ms. Zeng had suffered a stroke and had difficulty walking when the police submitted her case to the Jidong County Procuratorate in May 2021, the prosecutor, Liu Ying, came to her home to ask her questions about her case.

Officers from the Hulin City Domestic Security Office handed Ms. Zeng her indictment on July 28, as well as a six-month house arrest notice issued by the Jidong County Court. 

Without any notification in advance, nine court officials showed up at Ms. Zeng’s home on September 23, when she was at home alone, to hold a hearing of her case. Except for judge Xu Zhongqi, none of the other officials showed their IDs. The judge rushed through the session in less than an hour and didn’t allow Ms. Zeng to defend herself.

The judge issued the arrest warrant for Ms. Zeng on September 29, but the Jixi City Detention Center refused to admit her due to her poor health.

Ms. Zeng received her verdict on October 2. She has appealed the verdict. It’s not clear whether she has been imprisoned at the time of writing.

Perpetrators’ contact information:
Xu Zhongqi (徐忠祺), presiding judge, Jidong County Court: +86-467-5561481, +86-13144665817
Liu Ying (刘颖), prosecutor: +86-18182773399Li Mo (李默), judge assistant: +86-13045355457

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