Seventy-Year-Old Sentenced to Prison for Refusing to Renounce Falun Gong

“Given your age, we'll release you if you sign the repentance statement” [promising to stop practising Falun Gong], the judge told 70-year-old Mr. Zhou Chuanye at his trial.

Mr. Zhou, who is from Dalian, was arrested on April 22nd, 2014, for practising Falun Gong. He was tried on October 31st, 2014, at Shahekou District Court. Because he hadn't broken any laws, Mr. Zhou did not sign the statement renouncing Falun Gong. He instead challenged the indictment, and told the court that Falun Gong is great. The judge abruptly ended the trial.

Mr. Zhou was sentenced to three years in prison three weeks later, on November 21st, 2014. He was taken to a brainwashing centre at the Nanguanling Prison Management Bureau on December 17th, then to the Dongling Prison in Shenyang City one month later on January 20th, 2015.

Arrested and Home Ransacked

Someone knocked on Mr. Zhou's door in the early morning hours of April 22nd, 2014. The person claimed that he came to fix the plumbing. However, as soon as Mr. Zhou opened the door, a group of plainclothes officers pushed their way in. They ransacked the place, and confiscated Falun Gong lecture books and exercise DVDs. Mr. Zhou was taken to the Kunming Street Police Station.

When Mr. Zhou was interrogated at the police station the officers tried to trap him into making a confession. Mr. Zhou insisted that he did nothing illegal, and that Falun Gong teaches him to be a good person.

Mr. Zhou was later taken to the Yaojia Detention Centre.

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