March 01, 2013 | By a Minghui correspondent from Ningxia Province, China
(Minghui.org) Ms. Zheng Fengying from Wuzhong, Ningxia was secretly sentenced to seven years in prison by the Qingtongxia Court in Ningxia around January 15, 2013. She is being detained in the Wuzhong Detention Center. She will submit an appeal. Her husband Mr. Ma Xunde was also secretly tried.
On September 1, 2012, Ms. Zheng Fengying, who had been homeless and destitute for almost three years to escape persecution, planned to return to her home to get some clothes and ask her workplace to give her the salary that had been kept from her. While she was at her home, a group of policemen from the Gucheng Police Station in Wuzhong arrived and arrested both her and her husband. The couple was then sent to the Wuzhong Detention Center. Details are unclear because no one else was present when the couple was taken.
Ms. Zheng’s family and some friends went to the detention center to get her released. The detention center dodged their efforts and diverted them to the Gucheng Police Station. During that period, Ms. Zheng’s son went to visit one of his relatives in Yinchuan, Ningxia. Within the first 30 minutes after he arrived, two policemen from the local police station attempted to forcibly enter the relative’s residence, but they failed. Officers from the Wuzhong Domestic Security Division secretly ransacked the home of one of Ms. Zheng’s friends and took away a cell phone and other property. It is believed that police tapped her son’s cell phone.
At the end of 2012, it is believed that the couple was secretly tried. Only recently did Ms. Zheng’s family receive notice that she had been sentenced to seven years in prison.
Ms. Zheng is a retired employee of Wuzhong Meter Factory. Her husband also worked at the factory. Ms. Zheng had suffered from many illnesses, including severe kidney stones. She could not work due to other illnesses and was forced to retire at the age of 45. Her husband also had several illnesses. In May 1997 when a friend introduced Falun Gong to them, Ms. Zheng and her husband started to practice. Within a few months, the couple had recovered their health.
Since the Chinese Communist Party began to publicly persecute Falun Gong in July 1999, Mr. Ma Xunde and Ms. Zheng Fengying have been detained and sentenced many times. The couple has spent very limited time with their son. In November 2009, Ms. Zheng was forced to become homeless and destitute. During the past 13 years, their son has been cared for by their relatives, friends and colleagues whenever they were taken away. Ms. Zheng’s mother passed away when Ms. Zheng was detained in a forced labor camp because she could not bear the persecution that her daughter and son-in-law repeatedly suffered from.
The couple is being persecuted again, which has caused this family to once more be broken apart.
Relevant departments and personnel:
Xu Shuai, Chief of Gucheng Police Station: +86-18998383009 (Cell)
Wuzhong Detention Center: +86-953-2242610
Wuzhong Police Department
Wuzhong Intermediate Court: +86-953-2272298
Please refer to the original Chinese text for more names and telephone numbers.
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