(Minghui.org) In response to the increasing number of human rights attorneys who have stepped forward to defend Falun Gong practitioners before the Chinese Communist Party's controlled courts, the court staff began playing tricks to interfere with the attorneys. Some of the methods they use include forcing practitioners' family members to terminate their contracts with the attorneys, not allowing the attorneys to review their clients' documents, or having a secret trial without informing the attorneys or the practitioners' families.

In the Jiamusi area, 113 practitioners were illegally sentenced between October 2002 and June 2014, according to incomplete data from the Minghui website. At this time, 21 practitioners are still being held in custody.

Partial number of practitioners illegally sentenced in Jiamusi

Thirteen practitioners (12%) were sentenced to more than 10 years, 34 practitioners (30%) were sentenced between 4 to 10 years, and 66 practitioners (58%) were sentenced from 1 to 4 years. The average sentence term is 5.2 years.

The ages of the 113 practitioners range from 22 to 71, with 10 practitioners in their early 20s. Of particular note, college student Mr. Liu Qingwei was sentenced to 12 years at the age of 24.

Death, Torture, Family Separation

Mr. Yu Yungang was sentenced to six years in prison in 2009. He was tortured to death in 2011, at the age of 48.

Ms. Sun Guirong, Ms. Liu Yanyun and Mr. Wang Zhen died shortly after they were released from prison.

Ms. Dong Lingui, Ms. Xu Chenghua and Mr. Wan Shuqing became disabled as a result of torture.

Five families had at least two members sentenced. They are Mr. Zhang Chuanli and his wife Ms. Zhu Wenfang, and Mr. Zhang Baochun and his wife Ms. Liu Yanwei; Mr. Li Rongtang and his daughter Ms. Li Yuxia; Ms. Qiu Yuxia and her daughter Ms. Ma Duo; and sisters Ms. Cai Guiqin, Ms. Cai Guifang and Ms. Cai Guirong.

Eighteen practitioners were forced to divorce while in detention. Thirteen practitioners weren't allowed to see their family members before they passed away.

Ms. Deng Linfeng's 17-year-old son suddenly became ill and quickly passed away after hearing that his mom had been sentenced.

Mr. Wang Yunfei's wife was pregnant when he was sentenced. His son was 7 years old when he was finally released.