Elderly Practitioner Sentenced to Five-year Jail Term

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Seventy-year-old Ms. Li Yunhai from Penglai City, Shandong Province was arrested and sent to a brainwashing centre around April 23rd, 2010, and then tried behind closed doors. She received a five-year prison sentence from the Penglai Court on April 28th. She suffered from high blood pressure and was sent to Hospital No. 405 for treatment that evening. While hospitalised, she was placed under the surveillance of police officers as well as teachers from her former workplace. She was handcuffed and shackled during her hospital stay.

Ms. Li Yunhai was working at the Penglai City No. 2 Experimental School. She was repeatedly arrested for continuing to expose the persecution of Falun Gong. On the morning of May 29th, 2008, eleven officers forced their way into Ms. Li's home and confiscated computers and other personal property from the family before taking Ms. Li to a brainwashing centre.

In August 2009, when Ms. Li Yunhai and her husband were distributing leaflets exposing the persecution of Falun Gong, they were arrested and detained at a police station. Meanwhile, Qu Yitao, head of the National Security Division, sent officers to ransack their home. Qu Yitao attempted to incarcerate Ms. Li in the detention centre, but she failed the health examination, and the detention centre refused to accept her. Qu Yitao thus extorted 10,000 yuan1 from Ms. Li's daughter before releasing Ms. Li.

In late November 2009, Ms. Li went to the National Security Division to explain the truth behind the persecution of Falun Gong to Qu Yitao, and asked him not to get involved in persecuting kind-hearted people. As a result, she was further persecuted. On December 1st, Ms. Li received a notice of intended prosecution. She had no choice but to leave home to avoid being arrested.

Penglai City police officers used various methods including telephone interception and surveillance to track down Ms. Li and arrest her. The depraved authorities hastily sentenced her to five years in jail.

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1. "Yuan" is the Chinese currency; 500 yuan is equal to the average monthly income of an urban worker in China.

Chinese version available at http://minghui.org/mh/articles/2010/6/2/224743.html


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