Is a Court that Judges "Truth, Compassion and Forbearance" Illegal a Qualified Court?
April 9, 2005
Because five other Falun Gong practitioners and I appealed to a higher court for justice over illegal sentences, we were brought to trial together. I was charged with distributing "reactionary" leaflets containing the words "Truth, Compassion, Forbearance" and I was sentenced to three years of imprisonment.
The court, the Procuratorate, and the fourth branch of the Heping District Police Department in Shenyang City, Liaoning Province, collaborated to distort and exaggerate the facts in my trial. Those who are supposed to enforce the laws broke the laws. They counted up the pages of material bound into books and decided that any page with "Truth, Compassion, Forbearance" was an "illegal leaflet." They also included copies of out-of-date newspapers and computer pictures of citations praising and recognizing Falun Gong. All these materials added up to 300 "leaflets." Before the Heping District Court, the Procuratorate blatantly altered the prosecution's evidence against me to aggravate the "criminal evidence" against me.
When I appealed to the intermediate court and was brought to trial, I asked, "How can just these few words 'Truth, Compassion, Forbearance' on a page qualify it as a 'reactionary leaflet'?" The judge answered, "'Truth, Compassion, Forbearance' is evil by itself."
At those words, I was stupefied. When I actually understood what he had said a moment later, I was so sad that I wept. I said to the judge, "Throughout the ages, which dynasty or person has opposed 'truth, compassion, forbearance'? Do you think that 'falsehood, hatred, struggle' is righteous? Do you want us to act on 'falsehood, hatred and struggle'? That's absolutely impossible! "
He couldn't answer my question, so he hurriedly said, "You must be out of your mind. I won't talk with you any more." Thus he put an end to my appeal.
Is such a judge qualified to be a judge? Is such a court qualified to be a court?
Not one of us six practitioners accepted our unlawful judgments.
In addition, three months before this year's Spring Festival, three persons died one after the other in the Third Division of the Women's Prison of Liaoning Province. One of the three was a practitioner from Jinzhou County, Dalian City, Liaoning Province. She was tortured to death. Few people knew it. A kindhearted criminal secretly told me this before I was set free.