(Clearwisdom.net) Editors' Note: In both Western and Chinese culture, the principle of karmic retribution, that is, being held ultimately accountable for one's own actions, is widely accepted. The fundamental teaching of Falun Gong is the characteristic of the universe, "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance." The universe will reward actions that are in harmony with this principle, while actions such as beating, torturing and murdering people will incur karmic retribution. Stated another way, good deeds will be rewarded with good, while evildoings will meet due retribution. Articles such as this one are meant as a compassionateáreminder of this principle to those who would commit wrongdoing. While many of those who persecute Falun Gong are merely "following orders," the universal law requires that they, too, be held responsible for their actions, and that only by reversing their course of wrongdoing may they escape retribution.

Xiao Deyuan, the director of the First Section of Pengshan County's Police Department in Sichuan Province, is very active in persecuting Falun Gong practitioners in the Pengshan area. The local persecution against Falun Gong is planned and directed by this lawless official. Since 2000, many Falun Gong practitioners who went to Beijing to protect Dafa or to clarify the truth to people have been persecuted by Xiao Deyuan. More than ten Dafa practitioners have been sent to forced labor camps by Xiao Deyuan. The practitioners who firmly expressed their wish to practice Falun Dafa were detained for forcible brainwashing. The related departments of Sichuan Province especially visited Xiao Deyuan and collected the facts of his persecution against Falun Gong practitioners as "model cases," which were edited into materials for slandering Dafa. They praised Xiao Deyuan's "contributions" to the persecution.

In January 2001, fearing that Dafa practitioners would go to Beijing to appeal, Xiao Deyuan arrested all the practitioners and former practitioners in Pengshan area that he could find, and sent them to the detention center and forcefully brainwashed them for three months. He also took this chance to extort over 1,000 Yuan [average monthly income for a person in that area is about 200-300 Yuan] from each person. He threatened that one wouldn't be released until the money was paid. One of the Dafa practitioner's families was in extreme hardship, but they still were forced to borrow more than 900 Yuan to bribe Xiao in exchange for the practitioner's release.

Among those arrested was a person who had already given up practicing Falun Gong a long time ago. He was arrested and taken to the brainwashing center. He ended up being detained for three months. After being released, he clearly realized how evil the persecution was, so he began to practice Falun Gong again. Since then, he has firmly practiced Dafa.

Once, Dafa truth-clarifying materials were found in a district of Pengshan. Xiao Deyuan suspected that local Dafa practitioners were responsible. So he ordered some policemen to search a practitioner's house. Although they found nothing, they still arrested this practitioner, took her to the detention center and illegally held her for over two months. They even extorted several hundred Yuan for her "expenses." One of her family members, who does not practice Falun Gong, was also detained just for speaking out for her.

Xiao Deyuan even openly expressed, "Some of you said that I was Jiang's dog. Being a dog is not shameful as long as I'm loyal."

It is inevitable that good is rewarded with good and evil meets evil. Once, the former director of the First Section of Pengshan Police Department took a flight to Beijing to capture Dafa practitioners together with several policemen. The flight had to be diverted to Tianjin City, and they had to take a car to Beijing. On their way to Beijing, they were involved in an accident and almost lost their lives. This accident was a warning, but Xiao Deyuan paid no attention to it and went on persecuting Dafa practitioners. In October last year, Xiao Deyuan suddenly suffered from arthritis, severe intestinal problems and several other illnesses. Xiao is currently having to take several forms of medication and suffering for his wrongdoings.