(Minghui.org) An 81-year-old woman in Beijing was recently sentenced to one year for her faith in Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.
Ms. Hao Tingzhen was arrested on January 13, 2019, after the police spotted her putting up stickers with information about Falun Gong. The police ransacked her home and confiscated her Falun Gong books and materials.
After Ms. Hao was denied admission by the Lugouqiao Detention Center the next day due to her health, the police released her on bail for a year. During that time, the police and residential committee staff members monitored her daily and often harassed her.
In May 2019, Ms. Hao submitted an application to the residential committee to withdraw from the Chinese Communist Party. The authorities rejected her request and ordered her to pay her Party membership dues.
The police made another attempt in October 2020 to detain Ms. Hao but relented after she failed the physical exam again.
In November 2020, Ms. Hao was sentenced to one year and fined 1,000 yuan by the Fengtai Court in Beijing. The judge also ruled that she was to be ousted from the Chinese Communist Party.
Due to her high blood pressure, the Lugouqiao Detention Center denied her admission again.
After the court ordered Ms. Hao to serve time outside of prison, the bailiff took her to the justice bureau on March 17, 2021, and installed a tracking application on her cellphone. She was ordered to scan her phone three times a day, call them once a day, and report to the justice bureau once every month. Ms. Hao said she would not comply and is demanding that the authorities immediately stop persecuting her and that her prison sentence be canceled.