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73-year-old Woman Sentenced to 5.5 Years for Her Faith

Jan. 30, 2022 |   By a Minghui correspondent in Hebei Province, China

(Minghui.org) Ms. Liu Lili, of Tangshan City, Hebei Province, was recently sentenced to 5.5 years for practicing Falun Gong. It’s reported that no formal trial was held and that the verdict was announced at Tangshan City No.1 Detention Center. Other details of her sentencing aren’t available at the time of writing.

Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a spiritual and meditation discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.

Ms. Liu’s latest sentencing stemmed from a police raid on July 13, 2019, when over 30 officers broke into her home and ransacked her residence. Although the police relented and didn’t arrest Ms. Liu after her bedridden mother-in-law begged them not to, the officers frequently came back to harass Ms. Liu and her family, sometimes taking photos of them.

Traumatized by the police, Ms. Liu’s mother-in-law, in her 90s, and Ms. Liu’s husband, who had been struggling with sequelae from a stroke and blindness for over two decades, both passed away one.

Ms. Liu had always enjoyed good health since she took up Falun Gong in 1996, enabling her to care for her bedridden husband and mother-in-law. But the frequent harassment took a toll on her health.

The police searched Ms. Liu’s home again in August 2020 and took her to the local police station for interrogation. She denied any wrongdoing in practicing Falun Gong. After the Tangshan City No. 1 Detention Center refused to admit her upon finding out she had multiple ailments, the police forced her son to pay a 10,000-yuan bail bond before releasing her.

Over the next few months, the police harassed and intimidated Ms. Liu a few more times. Shortly after she was taken to the procuratorate to answer some questions in February 2021, the police made another attempt to detain her on March 17. The Tangshan City No. 1 Detention Center again refused to accept her due to her serious medical condition, but the police managed to force the guards to accept her on March 20.

Perpetrators’ contact information:
Gao Wei (高伟), head of Hancheng Police Station: +86-18832986013
Li Zhiqiang (李志强), prosecutor of Lubei District Procuratorate: +86-315-2061281Li Yanming (李艳明), president of Lubei District Court: +86-13803159525, +86-18103257555

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

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