The brother and sister had been sentenced to five years' imprisonment and three years of forced labor, respectively. Even the prosecutor had nothing to response the lawyer's defense, the court still gave them six, four years term in a close-door sentence.
Mr. Chen Jizhong, 69, and his younger sister, Ms. Chen Jihuan, 56, are from Yonghe Village, Daotaiqiao Town, Yilan County, Heilongjiang Province. They have been illegally arrested and had their homes searched by police officers from Yilan County. In a secret trail, Mr. Chen Jizhong has been sentenced to six years in prison, and Ms. Chen Jihuan to four years in prison.
Since the persecution of Falun Gong started in 1999, Mr. Chen has been arrested five times, and was held at Lianjiangkou Prison in Jiamusi City for five years. Ms. Chen was previously sentenced to three years of forced labor, despite her legs being disabled.
On November 29, 2009, Mr. Chen and his sister were arrested by Wang Xudong, Jiangjun, and others from Daotaiqiao Police Station. The following day, Guo Qingji, Song Yuzhe and others from the Domestic Security Team of the County Police Department searched their homes. On December 29, 2009, the County Procuratorate placed them under official arrest.
On March 24, 2010, Mr. Chen and Ms. Chen were brought to trial in the County Court. A lawyer defended them despite receiving significant pressure from the authorities. In court the defense lawyer pointed out that the evidence was falsified by Ning Yan, the prosecutor from the County Procuratorate, and that there was no legal reason to persecute Falun Gong. He also stated that none of laws in China defines Falun Gong as a "cult." In addition, Falun Gong practitioners promote Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, and their beliefs are no harm to society, but can uplift moral standards, and raise social morality. He said that the defendants had not behaved in any way that undermined any laws or the execution of any legal enforcement, and they were merely exercising their constitutional right to freedom of belief. What crime had they committed? The defense argued that they should be released immediately.
In response the case presented by the defense, the prosecutor had nothing to say, and the judge quickly adjourned the court session. Shortly after, the court, in conspiracy with the local CCP Political and Judiciary Committee, the 610 Office, the police and the procuratorate, secretly sentenced Mr. Chen Jizhong and Ms. Chen Jihuan to prison.