(Minghui.org) A hotel owner in Kangping County, Liaoning Province was sentenced to five years for her faith in Falun Gong, a mind-body practice that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.

Ms. Ai Yanjing was first arrested at her hotel on August 29, 2020. Dai Guoqing, the deputy chief of Kangping County Police Department, led a group of officers and searched the hotel. They confiscated Ms. Ai’s personal belongings, as well as the 4,920 yuan deposit made by her hotel guests. Five Falun Gong practitioners who worked at the hotel were also arrested.

All six practitioners were released later that night, and Ms. Ai lived away from home for months to hide from the police. She returned home in October that year, only to be arrested again on the evening of October 29. The police first took her to the Zhennan Police Station and then to the Shengli Police Station, before finally detaining her at the Shenyang City No.1 Detention Center.

The Liaozhong District Procuratorate approved Ms. Ai’s arrest on December 7. The prosecutor also went to the detention center to question her. 

Ms. Ai was tried by the Liaozhong District Court on June 2, 2021. She was recently sentenced to five years with a10,000 yuan fine. She has appealed the verdict.

Ms. Ai started to do business at a young age. Due to years of hard work, she developed severe headaches, which was later cured after she took up Falun Gong. She became more considerate and was always ready to help others. She sponsored a student to finish high school by paying a full each year’s tuition. The student was later admitted to a college. Ms. Ai also helped care for an elderly woman who was in critical condition but didn’t have children to care for her.

Perpetrators’ contact information:
Wang Shuzhong (王树中), judge of Liaozhong District Court: +86-24-27899815, +86-13609887776
Wang Wei (王威), prosecutor of Liaozhong District Procuratorate: +86-24-87820399, +86-24-87820399, +86-13840523232, +86-18102463333Dai Guoqing (戴国庆), deputy chief of Kangping County Police Department: +86-13940169777

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

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