(Minghui.org) Among the four Suizhong County, Liaoning Province residents arrested together in April 2021, two have been sentenced to prison for their faith in Falun Gong, a mind-body practice that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.

Ms. Gao Hua, 58, suffered from infertility for years, but she gave birth to a son at age 40, after she took up Falun Gong. Her long-term asthma also disappeared. Having regained her health through the practice, she never wavered in her faith after the persecution began. She was, however, targeted for upholding her faith.

A group of officers led by Liu Huanyu from the Domestic Security Office broke into Ms. Gao’s home on April 24, 2021. They arrested her, her sister, Ms. Gao Ying, and two other practitioners who had come to visit her, Ms. Chen Wenyan and Mr. Wang Yandong, 59. The police searched Ms. Gao Hua’s home and confiscated her computer, printer, and other personal belongings.

While Ms. Chen was later released and cleared of prosecution, Ms. Gao Hua was held at the Huludao Detention Center, Ms. Gao Ying at the Huludao Lockup, and Mr. Wang at the Suizhong Detention Center.

Ms. Gao Ying was released and put under house arrest on May 26, the day after the police submitted the three practitioners’ cases to the Suizhong County Procuratorate. She was later cleared of prosecution as well.

Ms. Gao Hua and Mr. Wang’s cases were forwarded to the Lianshan District Procuratorate and assigned to prosecutor Long Dan.

Mr. Wang’s lawyer visited him on August 2 and submitted his legal opinion to the procuratorate, urging prosecutor Long to dismiss the case.

The prosecutor nonetheless indicted both practitioners and moved their cases to the Lianshan District Court. The judge held separate hearings for Ms. Gao and Mr. Wang’s cases in their detention centers on October 27 and November 18, respectively. Both of their lawyers entered not guilty pleas for them.

The judge, Li Fushan, sentenced Ms. Gao to four years in prison with a 30,000 yuan fine, and Mr. Wang to three years with a 20,000 yuan fine on November 25.

Perpetrators’ contact information:

Li Fushan (李福山), judge of Lianshan District Court: +86-429-2164525, +86-18504291772Xiang Lei (项雷), president of Lianshan District Court: +86-429-2164111Ma Haitao (马海涛), vice president of Lianshan District Court: +86-429-2164115

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