Hu Shigen was taken into custody in July 2015 and was convicted of “subversion of state power” the following year. A photo of his baptismal ceremony was used as evidence against him, resulting in a sentence consisting of seven-and-a-half years.
While in prison, Hu suffered a heart attack, as well as other health complications. Due to the seriousness of his condition, Hu’s family was promised that he would be released on medical parole. Believing that confessing to the accusations would ensure his necessary medical release, Hu pleaded guilty. However, despite the promise given by authorities, they have refused to release him.
Another infirm prisoner, Ge Jueping, has been detained without a verdict for three years. Taken into custody in November 2016, as part of a mass arrest of human rights activists in Suzhou, Ge has undergone a trial but not yet received a verdict. His health has since declined severely and includes the diagnosis of cancer. Even though Ge’s loved ones have expressed their concerns to officials, no response has been given.
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