Five Beijing Women Tried in as Many Months in Same Detention Center

November 14, 2016 | By a Minghui correspondent in Beijing

( Five Pinggu District residents were tried in Pinggu District Detention Center between May and October 2016. All of them were sentenced to prison for refusing to renounce Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline being persecuted by the Chinese communist regime.

Ms. Yang Xiaofeng was tried on May 24, and sentenced to two years and fined 4,000 yuan on June 22. Her appeal has been denied.

Ms. Liu Cuifen was tried on July 20, and sentenced to two years and fined 4,000 yuan on August 22. She has filed an appeal.

Falun Gong Practitioner Yue Guixia Is Facing Trial after One Year of Detention

September 27, 2016 | By a Minghui correspondent in Beijing, China

( After being detained for over a year, Falun Gong practitioner Yue Guixia now faces trial, even though her case was turned down twice due to lack of evidence.

Ms. Yue was arrested on September 18, 2015, as she distributed Falun Gong materials. She has been held in Pinggu Detention Center ever since. She was handcuffed, shackled and placed in solitary confinement.

Ms. Yue suffered a nervous breakdown and was evaluated at a mental hospital. She was denied medical parole to seek treatment.

Her husband, who suffers from severe diabetes, relied on his wife for his care.

Their son had to quit his job to care for his father for a time until his health stabilized. Even though he managed to find another job, he is overwhelmed by the responsibility.

Their relatives are very concerned and helped to hire an attorney for Ms. Yue. They are all looking forward to seeing her safe return.

Ms. Yue, 50, was a housewife and lived in Beijing. She began practicing Falun Gong in 2004. Her health greatly improved afterwards. Her neck pain, back pain, severe insomnia, dry eye, and memory lapses all disappeared without medication.

She abides by the principles of Falun Gong, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, is considerate of others, and no longer fights for petty gains. She took good care of her husband while he was sick, and her family became more harmonious as well.

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After 8-Year Sentence, Falun Gong Practitioner Denied Lawyer Visits

August 16, 2016 | By a Minghui correspondent in Beijing, China

( After an intermediate court upheld Ms. Wang Lei’s eight-year prison sentence for her spiritual belief in Falun Gong, the communist authorities prevented her lawyer from visiting her.

When the lawyer went to visit Ms. Wang at a detention facility in Beijing on June 30, 2016, after filing another appeal against the intermediate court for upholding the sentence, his request to see her was turned down by the guards, who claimed that the lawyer could meet with Ms. Wang only after she was taken to prison.

The guards also asked for a long list of legal documents before approving his visit, including a visitation approval letter from the Beijing Prison Management Office, a receipt of the complaint he filed through the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Justice, Ms. Wang’s appeal, and the lawyer’s representation documents.

According to Ms. Wang’s family, her appeal had been seized by the detention facility long before. When the lawyer went to the Beijing Prison Management office to request a visitation letter, he was given the runaround.

“It’s very obvious that they are trying to cover up what amounts to a trumped-up case,” said Ms. Wang’s lawyer.

“My client was sentenced on the charge of ‘undermining law enforcement.’ But there has never been any law that says practicing Falun Gong is illegal. She was exercising her constitutional rights to freedom of belief and speech. There is no evidence that she caused any damage to the society or law enforcement just by practicing Falun Gong. And, yet, she was given such a heavy sentence of 8 years.”

He criticized the judges for rubber-stamping Mr. Wang’s sentence and assisting in the persecution of Falun Gong.

Ms. Wang Lei was arrested with a dozen other practitioners on February 26, 2014. The police did not inform her family of her arrest, nor did they allow them to visit after they learned she had been arrested.

After she was detained for over a year, Beijing Fangshan District Court sentenced her to eight years on November 24, 2015. Her family was not informed.

After her appeal, the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate Court upheld her sentence on February 24, 2016.

Ms. Wang was transferred to the detention center in Daxing District in March 2016 and subjected to intensive brainwashing. The guards beat her to try to force her to renounce Falun Gong.

After the persecution began in 1999, Ms. Wang was repeatedly arrested and sent to forced labor camps four times, where she was shocked with electric batons, beaten, force-fed, and deprived of sleep. She suffered several episodes of psychosis as a result of the torture.

Related report:
Woman Suffers Relapse of Torture-induced Psychosis, Still Tried and Sentenced to 8 Years

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