(Minghui.org) The Shunyi District Court in Beijing tried seven Falun Gong practitioners on April 27, 2023 and sentenced six of them to up to 7 years on September 27.
The seven practitioners included six Beijing residents and one resident of nearby Hebei Province. They were arrested between March and July 2022 and all were indicted by the Shunyi District Procuratorate.
Mr. Tan Shouli was sentenced to 7 years, Ms. Hu Jinfeng and Ms. Chen Yuying were each sentenced to 4 years, Ms. Wang Runrong was senetenced to 3.5 years, Ms. An Xiurong was sentenced to 2 years, and Mr. Wu Zhiming was sentenced to 1.5 years. It is unclear whether Mr. Zhao Ping was sentenced.
Mr. Tan, who lives in Chaoyang District, Beijing, was arrested in Shunyi District on March 6, 2022. He was taken to the Shunyi District Detention Center and indicted on July 18 that year.
Ms. Hu, 43, lives in Dingxing County, Hebei Province. She was arrested in Shunyi District on July 27, 2022. She was also taken to the Shunyi District Detention Center, where she was interrogated for eight straight days with her hands cuffed behind her back. A formal arrest warrant was issued against her on November 2, 2022.
Ms. Wang, who lives in Chaoyang District, Beijing, was arrested at home by officers from the local Datun Police Station, on July 27, 2022. It is unclear where she was detained or why her case was handled by Shunyi District.
Mr. Wu, Ms. Chen, Ms. An, and Mr. Zhao were all arrested in late July 2022, although the exact dates are not known. They were taken to the Shunyi District Detention Center and subjected to marathon interrogations like Ms. Hu.
During the seven practitioners’ hearings at the Shunyi District Court on April 27, 2023, their lawyers entered a not guilty plea for them and demanded their acquittal. The presiding judge held a virtual sentencing hearing on September 17 without informing their families. Only the lawyers were notified.
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