(Minghui.org) A 77-year-old Dalian City, Liaoning Province resident was sentenced to four years in early December 2021 for practicing Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.

Ms. Liu Renping was arrested on June 3, 2021, while taking care of her ex-husband, who had become seriously ill in the past few years and struggles to care for himself. The next day, her ex-husband called Zhang Lianzhu, the deputy chief of Dalianwan Police Station who arrested Ms. Liu and demanded her release.

The police released Ms. Liu on June 4 but arrested her again when she went back to the police station the day after to demand the return of her confiscated Falun Gong books. Her own home was also ransacked.

Upon learning of her mother’s arrest, Ms. Liu’s daughter, who was working out of town, took leave from work and returned to Dalian to seek her release, only to be told that the police had submitted her mother’s case to the procuratorate.

The Ganjingzi District Court later held a secret video hearing of Ms. Liu’s case without informing her family. She was sentenced to four years and fined 30,000 yuan in early December 2021.

Ms. Liu insisted that she didn’t violate any law in practicing Falun Gong or having Falun Gong books at home. She appealed with the Dalian City Intermediate Court on December 16. It’s not clear whether the higher court has ruled on her case.

Ms. Liu’s ex-husband was terrified witnessing the police ransacking his place. He struggled to eat or sleep well and passed away soon after.

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