(Minghui.org) It was recently learned that a 52-year-old resident of Donggang City, Liaoning Province had been sentenced to one and a half years for her faith in Falun Gong, a mind-body practice that has been persecuted by the Chinese Communist Party since July 1999.
Ms. Liu Pintong’s sentencing stemmed from her arrest on February 3, 2023, three years after she finished serving an eight-year prison term for practicing Falun Gong. She was living with her aunt in Fushun City in the same province at the time of her arrest.
Upon learning of her arrest, her son, Mr. Hu Xuanming, who is currently studying for a graduate degree in the U.K., wrote to Boris Johnson, his Member of Parliament (MP) and former U.K. Primer Minister, seeking his help in rescuing Ms. Liu.
Johnson on March 27 forwarded Mr. Hu’s concern to The Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, Minister of State in the British Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. Trevelyan replied to Johnson on May 2, saying that the U.K. Government will “monitor this issue closely and will continue to impress upon China the need to immediately end serious violations of human rights.”
Ms. Liu was given 15 days of administrative detention at the Fushun City Detention Center (also known as the Nangou Detention Center) following her arrest. On February 8, the police forced her family to take them to her aunt’s home for a raid.
Ms. Liu’s family called Jiao Chen, the deputy head of Shuncheng District Domestic Security Office in Fushun City, on February 14 to inquire about her case. Jiao claimed that due to Ms. Liu’s earlier arrest in May 2022 for distributing Falun Gong materials and talking to people about Falun Gong, they were planning to sentence her to three to five years.
The Shuncheng District Court held a hearing of her case at the detention center on July 7. Her family learned in mid-September that she had been sentenced to 1.5 years in prison. It is unclear when she will be transferred to prison.
Previous Eight-year Sentence
Ms. Liu was previously arrested on March 3, 2012, also for raising awareness about the persecution of Falun Gong. The police forced her son to sign the fabricated case document on her behalf.
The police took Ms. Liu to an empty room on the day following her arrest and interrogated her. Three officers beat her and verbally abused her. They slapped her in the face, kicked her legs, and pulled her hair.
Ms. Liu protested by shouting “Falun Dafa is good!” The police became infuriated and threatened to give her a heavy term because of her bad attitude, even if they had to fabricate the number of Falun Gong materials confiscated from her.
The Zhenxing District Court sentenced Ms. Liu to eight years on August 10, 2012. The judge claimed that this was an order from above. Ms. Liu appealed with the Dandong City Intermediate Court, which ruled to uphold her original verdict.
Ms. Liu was subjected to brutal torture and forced to work for long hours without pay during her nine months at the Dandong City Detention Center. By the time she was taken to the Liaoning Province Women’s Prison on December 11, 2012, she had been suffering severe neck problems, numbness in her limbs, and dizziness. She also had blood in her stool.
In order to force her to renounce Falun Gong, the prison guards subjected her to all kinds of torture, including long hours of standing or sitting on a small stool with spikes on the surface. They also humiliated her, deprived her of sleep and restroom use, and barred her from washing herself.
Ms. Liu was forced to stand on the concrete floor for a long time on a very cold winter day. She was having her menstrual period at the time, but the guards denied her from using the restroom, and the blood-stained her pants.
Ms. Liu suffered kidney failure on October 14, 2014, and was taken to the 739 Hospital in Shenyang, the designated hospital for the prison. The guards tied her in a spread eagle position on the bed. Her hands and feet became extremely swollen. She was emaciated and didn’t even have the strength to greet her sister when she came to visit her.
The prison refused to release Ms. Liu on medical parole. They claimed that since she was having kidney failure, they would count her as a natural death if she died and they wouldn’t bear any responsibility for it.
Ms. Liu was taken back to prison after one week in the hospital. The 4,000 yuan her family deposited for her to buy additional food was confiscated and her family wasn’t allowed to visit her for two months. The guards kept her tied up in a spread eagle position and force-fed her for two months.
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