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Father and Son Sentenced to Prison Two Years Apart for Their Shared Faith

March 21, 2022 |   By a Minghui correspondent in Guangdong Province, China

(Minghui.org) A father and son in Meizhou City, Guangdong Province were sentenced to five and eight years, respectively, two years apart for their shared faith in Falun Gong.

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

The police raided the Zeng family’s home on June 21, 2018 and arrested Mr. Zeng Haiping, his wife Ms. Zheng Guifen, and their daughter-in-law, Ms. Zhu Surong. While Ms. Zheng and Ms. Zhu were released that day, Mr. Zeng was held in custody and sentenced to five years at the Sihui Prison on March 22, 2019. 

Prior to Mr. Zeng’s latest sentencing, he had served 6.5 years for his faith. He was arrested in January 2001 and given one year at the Sanshui Forced Labor Camp. Only weeks after he was released, the police took him back into custody at a brainwashing center and held him there for several months. He was arrested one more time between August and October 2002. The police beat him so severely during the interrogation that his hand and feet were broken. He was later sentenced to 5.5 years in the Meizhou Prison.

As Mr. Zeng’s son, Mr. Zeng Fanjie, escaped the June 2018 arrest, the police attempted to deceive him to turn himself in. He refused to comply and spent the next three years living a displaced life, before being arrested on January 26, 2021 after he was apprehended by the police for putting up Falun Gong posters. 

The younger Mr. Zeng was sentenced to eight years with a 80,000-yuan fine on November 5, 2021 by the Mei County District Court, after two hearings on July 20 and September 23. He was taken to the Beijiang Prison on February 14, 2022.

Perpetrators’ contact information:
Wu Wenlong (吴文龙), presiding judge, Meixian District Court: +86-13823800298, +86-753-2589713, +86-753-2593656
Zhang Qiaoling (张巧玲)审判员judge, Meixian District Court: +86-13502523608Guo Xiuxia (郭秀霞), prosecutor, Meixian District Procuratorate: +86-13549150938, +86-753-2589695

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

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