(Minghui.org) After having served ten years in prison, a Beijing resident was recently sentenced again to 2.5 years for his faith in Falun Gong.

Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a mind-body discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.

Mr. Bao Zhouzhi

Mr. Bao Zhouzhi, 65, was arrested on July 16, 2019. His arrest was approved on August 21. The prosecutor indicted him on October 8 and forwarded his case to the Dongcheng District Court. After returning his case once for additional evidence, the Dongcheng District Court held an online hearing of his case on September 8, 2020. 

The judge held another hearing before sentencing Mr. Bao to 2.5 years and fining him 5,000 yuan. Mr. Bao has appealed the verdict. In addition to the prison sentence, the authorities have begun to withhold his pension as of August 2019. 

Prior to his latest experience of persecution, Mr. Bao was arrested in November 2000 for displaying a Falun Gong banner on Tiananmen Square. He was detained at the Beijing Detention Center for a month. 

Mr. Bao was arrested again in 2002. The police ransacked his home and confiscated 25,000 yuan in cash and an audio recorder worth 400 yuan. He was later sentenced to ten years in Qianjin Prison.