(Minghui.org) A Chengdu City resident was sentenced to four years for hanging a banner reading “The World Needs Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.”

Mr. Cheng Huaigen was charged with “using a cult to undermine law enforcement,” a standard pretext used by the Chinese communist regime to frame practitioners of Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline based on the principle of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.

Mr. Cheng’s lawyer emphasized that there is no law in China that criminalizes Falun Gong; hence the persecution of the practice has been illegal from the onset. As such, his client broke no law by spreading the goodness of Falun Gong. Moreover, the lawyer pointed out, the banner caused no harm to anyone, let alone undermine law enforcement.

Mr. Cheng also testified as to how Falun Gong cured his asthma. He explained that that is why he never shied away from telling people how good the practice is.

During the June 10 trial, Mr. Cheng’s family noted that the once healthy man had been reduced to just skin and bones since his arrest about one year ago. They are extremely concerned about what will happen to him in prison.