May 01, 2005
Defense Counsel Alfred Dodwell (right) and two Falun Gong practitioners Mdm Ng and Mdm Cheng. (ClearWisdom.net)
Two Falun Gong practitioners who are on a hunger strike in prison to protest their court sentence may be given a written warning or placed in a punishment cell.
According to the Strait Times’ report, a prison spokesman said that refusing to eat was an offence under the Prisons Act. If found guilty, they could be placed in a punishment cell or given a written warning. They will be placed on a glucose drip should their health be in danger.
The women Ng Chye Huay and Cheng Lujin were ordered to pay fines of 20,000 and 24,000 Singapore Dollars (US $12,216 and $14,660), respectively. Insisting on their innocence, both refused to pay and have launched an appeal. They are currently in jail, and both are hunger striking to object to the decision.
Cheng Lujin has a six-month-old daughter to be cared for. She requested that her daughter be taken to her in prison, but the judge has refused her request. Cheng Lujin has been on a hunger strike since she entered the prison.