(Minghui.org) A Jingmen City, Hubei Province resident in his 80s was sentenced to one year with a 6,000 yuan fine on April 7, 2022, for telling people about the facts of Falun Gong.

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

Mr. Liu Xihua used to suffer severe rheumatoid, hepatitis, and an injury to his leg due to an accident at work in his younger years. A few months after he practiced Falun Gong, all of his conditions disappeared. He often said that if he didn’t practice Falun Gong, he wouldn’t have been able to live to 80. Feeling grateful to the practice for renewing his life, he felt compelled to share his story with the public and also raise awareness about the persecution.

Mr. Liu was reported for talking to people about Falun Gong in early 2021. The police located his address through the massive street surveillance system and brought him to the police station for interrogation. His Falun Gong books and other belongings were confiscated.

After the police submitted Mr. Liu’s case to the Dongbao District Procuratorate, he was so traumatized that he became bedridden. Yet the prosecutor continued to press charges against him.

The sentencing in early April caused Mr. Liu’s health to further decline. He is struggling with systemic edema, high blood pressure, and dizziness. As his wife, Ms. Li Xiangrong, had passed away in May 2019 after being terrified by the repeated police harassment, Mr. Liu now struggles to care for himself. It’s not clear whether the authorities planned to take him to prison to serve time.