(Minghui.org) A Shenyang City, Liaoning Province resident was sentenced to 5.5 years in late January 2023 for her faith in Falun Gong, a mind-body practice that has been persecuted by the Chinese Communist Party since 1999.

Ms. Li Fangfang

Ms. Li Fangfang, around 50, was arrested on August 3, 2022, after being reported for talking to people about Falun Gong. She was held at the police station overnight and transferred to the Shenyang City No. 1 Detention Center on the next day.

The Economic Development Zone Court held a hearing of Ms. Li’s case in early January 2023. Although she indicated that she didn’t want a court-appointed lawyer, the judge still appointed a lawyer to enter a guilty plea against her will. She defended her innocence, as no law in China criminalizes Falun Gong.

The judge handed down the verdict weeks later. Ms. Li appealed with the Shenyang City Intermediate Court, which ruled to uphold her original sentence. Her family was never informed of her trial or appeal hearings.

This is the third time that Ms. Li has been sentenced for her faith. Her latest arrest came only 15 months after she was released from serving a 7.5-year term. She was also sentenced to 3 years together with her mother Ms. Yang Shuqing in 2009.

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