(Minghui.org) Two sisters in Anhui Province were sentenced to prison on March 16, 2021 for their faith in Falun Gong, a spiritual and meditation discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.

Ms. Shu Yulian, 69, a Hefei City resident, visited her younger sister, Ms. Shu Yulan, who lives in Anqing city, in May 2020. On May 2, the sisters were reported for talking to people about Falun Gong on the street and followed by the police to their younger brother’s home, also in Anqing.

The police ransacked the brother’s residence and confiscated 92,000 yuan Ms. Shu Yulan kept there. After taking both the sisters and their sister-in-law, who doesn’t practice Falun Gong, to the Dananmen Police Station, the police also ransacked Ms. Shu Yulan’s home.

The police attempted to send the sisters to the local detention center on the next evening, only to have their admissions rejected due to high blood pressure. When releasing the sisters, the police forced them to wear ankle monitors and ordered them to report to the officers at the police station every day for a month.

Ms. Shu Yulan returned to the police station in August and demanded that they return her savings, as her son was just hospitalized and the money was needed to pay his medical bill, but the police refused.

Interrogated and Sentenced

Zhan Wei, deputy director of the Dananmen Police Station, called Ms. Shu Yulan and asked her to come to the police station on September 30, 2020. Ms. Shu went there, thinking that the police might want to return her money. Instead, Zhan asked her how many materials she had distributed. Ms. Shu clarified the facts about Falun Gong and refused to sign any case documents. She returned home at around 5:00 p.m.

Zhan and two officers drove to Ms. Shu Yulian’s home in Hefei (about 110 miles from Anqing) on October 16, and asked her how many materials she had distributed. The interrogation caused tremendous mental pressure for Ms. Shu and induced dangerously high blood pressure in her. The police stayed at her home for over two hours, and despite her becoming very dizzy, they forced her to sign the interrogation record.

The police submitted the two sisters’ case to the Taihu County Procuratorate in November 2020. They were soon indicted and had their cases forwarded to the Taihu County Court.

The two sisters stood trial on March 16, 2021. Ms. Shu Yulan was sentenced to 1.5 years and Ms. Shu Yulian to one year of probation.

Ms. Shu Yulan was taken back into custody after the trial. After the detention center refused to accept her again due to her high blood pressure, the police released her in the evening. She is now preparing to appeal her sentence.

Prior to her latest arrest, Ms. Shu Yulan, in her 60s, has been forced to live away from home with her mentally disabled son for seven years, to avoid the persecution.

She said that practicing Falun Gong cured her many ailments. More importantly, when she lost all hope in her life, Falun Gong gave her strength to take care of her son and her incapacitated mother-in-law for nearly ten years.

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Category: Accounts of Persecution