(Clearwisdom.net) Five practitioners were recently illegally sentenced to three to six years in prison by officials from the Linzhou City Court, Henan Province. These practitioners committed no crimes. They distributed truth clarification materials, and spoke with people about Falun Gong and the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) persecution.

On July 18, 2011, five practitioners including Mr. Zhao Lianshan, Ping Meihua, Li Xianrui, Qian Haixian and Wang Huiyin were arrested as they distributed information about Falun Gong in Tianjiajing Village, Yuankang Town, Linzhou City. Participating in the arrest were officers from the Linzhou City Domestic Security Division.

Linzhou City Court officials sentenced the five practitioners on November 15, 2011, charging them with “undermining the law's implementation.” Mr. Zhao Lianshan was given six years of imprisonment, Ping Meihua, six years, Li Xianrui, four years, Qin Haixian and Wang Huiyin, each three years.

During the trial Mr. Zhao Lianshan, Ms. Ping Meihua and Mr. Li Xianrui declared, “It's not a crime to learn Falun Gong and follow the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.” When Mr. Li Xianrui's son asked the court officials to explain what the crime of “undermining the law's implementation” is, the court couldn't respond.

Court officials participating in the trial of the practitioners:
Presiding judge: Yue Junfeng
Judge: Zhang Wengen