Couple Arrested on Husband’s Birthday, Husband Later Sentenced
Mr. Liu Qingyu’s family was informed on November 20, 2021, that he was sentenced to 4.5 years in prison with a 10,000 yuan fine. The Yingkou City, Liaoning Province resident was targeted for his faith in Falun Gong.
Liu and his wife, Ms. Zhang Chang, were arrested on April 12, 2021, while having lunch at a restaurant to celebrate his birthday. After Liu was reported the day before for distributing information about the persecution of his faith, the police had been monitoring him.
After their arrest, the police took away the couple’s keys from their car and went from door to door in his neighborhood to find his home.
While Zhang was released after 38 days at the Yingkou City Detention Center, Liu was kept in custody at the Dashiqiao City Detention Center.
The Zhanqian District Procuratorate indicted Liu on August 13. He was tried by the Zhanqian District Court at the detention center on October 22, before being convicted a month later.
Prior to his latest term, Liu had been arrested multiple times. He served three labor camp terms and one year in prison, for a total of 4.5 years, simply for upholding his belief.
Based on an original report from Minghui.org: