(Minghui.org) When Ms. Wang Jingcui’s family called the police on October 15, 2021, to inquire about her case, they were devastated to learn that the 79-year-old woman has been sentenced to four years for practicing Falun Gong. The court had also withdrew a 10,000-yuan fine from her bank account without informing her family.
Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.
Ms. Wang, of Daqing City, Heilongjiang Province, was arrested in November 2019 after being reported for talking to people about Falun Gong at a farmers’ market. The police ransacked her home and released her on bail due to her poor health, after holding her at the police station for five hours. Since then, the police often called her son and ordered him to sign a statement renouncing Falun Gong on her behalf.
Even though Ms. Wang suffered declining health and was unable to walk, the police arrested her again at home on May 8, 2021, and took her to Daqing City No.2 Detention Center in a wheelchair. She fell into critical condition there and was resuscitated. The authorities barred her family from visiting her after taking her back to the detention center.
Ms. Wang was later sentenced to four years by the Daqing High-tech Industrial Development Zone Court. It’s not clear whether she has been taken to prison at the time of writing.
Prior to her latest sentencing, Ms. Wang, a former employee of the Daqing Oil Production Plant, has been arrested six times. She was sentenced to prison twice and given a labor camp term.
Ms. Wang was first arrested on June 13, 2000, when she went to Beijing to appeal for the right to practice Falun Gong. She was held at two detention facilities for a total of 55 days.
She was arrested again on September 30, 2000, and detained for 15 days.
Shortly after she was released, Ms. Wang returned to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong, only to be arrested on November 28, 2000. She was detained for 45 days at two detention centers and then transferred to the Heilongjiang Drug Rehab Center to serve a labor camp term on January 8, 2001. She was released on June 22 that year.
For distributing informational materials about Falun Gong, she was arrested on October 11, 2001, and detained for 45 days.
Ms. Wang was arrested for the fifth time on May 30, 2002, and later sentenced to five years by the Honggang District Court. She was tortured and held in solitary confinement at the Heilongjiang Province Women’s Prison.
While she was released ahead of time, she was arrested for the sixth time on June 9, 2006, after being reported for talking to people about Falun Gong. The guards at Daqing City No.1 Detention Center beat her and knocked out two of her front teeth. They also handcuffed her and force-fed her. She was later sentenced to another four years in the Heilongjiang Province Women’s Prison by the Honggang District Court.
Perpetrators’ contact information:
Daqing High-tech Industrial Development Zone Court: +86-459-6679908Zhang Xiaolei (张晓磊), police officer: +86-17804598091Zhang Di (张迪), police officer: +86-17804598219
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