(Minghui.org) A Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province resident was recently sentenced to three years for her faith in Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, a spiritual and meditation discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999. 

Ms. Wu Lihua and Mr. Jia Zhiqiang talked to a man on the street about Falun Gong on May 29, 2021 and gave him a Falun Gong keepsake. After they parted ways, the man reported the two practitioners to the police, who arrived soon after and arrested them.

An officer from the Minzhu Police Station forced the practitioners to reveal their addresses and then ransacked their homes. Ms. Wu’s Falun Gong books, a photo of Falun Gong’s founder, some Falun keepsakes, a laptop, and 5,000 yuan banknotes printed with information about Falun Gong were confiscated. (Due to the strict information censorship in China, many Falun Gong practitioners use creative ways to raise awareness about the persecution, including printing information on banknotes.) The police only recorded 3,000 yuan cash on the confiscation list and never provided any explanation of where the other 2,000 yuan went. Mr. Jia, on the other hand, had two Falun Gong books taken away from his home.

Ms. Wu was put on criminal detention and held at the Harbin City No. 2 Detention Center. The Shuangcheng District Procuratorate approved her arrest and later indicted her, accusing her of possessing the banknotes bearing Falun Gong messages.

Mr. Jia was released after 15 days at the Harbin City Lockup and cleared of prosecution.

Ms. Wu appeared in the Daoli District Court on October 30, 2021. The judge didn’t allow her family to attend the hearing. Her son was informed on November 17, 2021 that she was sentenced to three years. 

Perpetrators’ contact information:
Zhou Junhong (周俊红), head, Minzhu Police Station: +86-13766986869
Jian Cheng (简成), judge, Daoli District Court: +86-18503601108, +86-451-84869225Li Shaobo (李少波), president, Daoli District Court: +86-451-84869200, +86-13304500157

(More perpetrators’ contact information is available in the original Chinese article.)