Falun Gong Member Gets Death Penalty

AP, Oct. 18, 2002

BEIJING- A follower of the Falun Gong spiritual movement in northeastern China has been sentenced to death for strangling a daughter she believed was possessed by a demon, a state-controlled newspaper reported Friday.

Guan Shuyun was convicted in Heilongjiang province of murder and other charges related to her alleged involvement with the banned spiritual movement. The court granted her a two-year reprieve before the sentence is to be carried out, the Legal Daily reported.

The newspaper said 31 other Falun Gong practitioners were also sentenced but didn’t give details. Phones at the court were not answered Friday.

Members of the movement, which was banned by China in 1999, gathered at Guan’s house in April, the newspaper said. During one session, they reportedly tried to exorcise a demon from the woman’s daughter. Guan allegedly choked the girl until she died.

China calls Falun Gong an evil cult and has detained thousands of its followers. Activists of the group abroad allege hundreds of supporters have died from abuse in detention.

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