(Minghui.org) Ms. Bai Xingwen’s oldest daughter died at 45 in October 2022 as a result of the persecution of their shared faith in Falun Gong. One month later, Ms. Bai, a Gongying City, Shandong Province resident in her late 60s, was sentenced to 3.5 years.
Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.
Ms. Bai and two of her three daughters, Ms. Ji Yingmei and Ms. Ji Yingping, were arrested on July 15, 2021, after the police suspected Ms. Bai of putting up a Falun Gong banner two months earlier, on May 8.
The three women were all interrogated at the police station and had their blood, hair, fingerprints, and urine samples collected. The police also recorded their voices and took their mugshots. All three were released on bail not long after their arrests.
The police took Ms. Bai back into custody on September 16. When her three daughters went to the Chaoyang Police Station to demand her release, the police arrested the oldest daughter, Ms. Ji Yingmei, again.
After Ms. Bai and Ms. Ji were released, they submitted a request to the Procuratorate on October 19, requesting to have their cases dismissed. They also filed a complaint against the police for violating the law in handling their cases.
In retaliation, the police arrested Ms. Bai on November 6, 2021, and gave her 13 days of administrative detention. Due to her high blood pressure, she was denied admission by the local lockup and released.
Ms. Bai filed another complaint against the police on January 17, 2022. While the Dongying District Court informed her on February 24 that they had accepted her case and scheduled a hearing for March 23, they called her again on March 14 and claimed that her case had been rejected.
The police submitted Ms. Bai’s case around March 22 to the Dongying District Procuratorate. She stood trial at the Dongying District Court on July 29 and was taken back into custody at the Binhai City Detention Center on September 19. Judge Ji Penghui sentenced her to 3.5 years with a 20,000-yuan fine on November 8. She is appealing the verdict.
One month before Ms. Bai’s sentencing, her oldest daughter Ms. Ji Yingmei, who had just recovered from late-stage cervical cancer in 2019, succumbed to mental distress from the repeated arrests and harassment in the past two years and passed away on October 9. She was only 45 years old and is survived by her husband and their young child.
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