Yang Shihong, a Member of the Standing Committee of the Wuhan Municipal Party Committee, was promoted by Jiang's regime to the positions of Party Secretary of the Municipal Political and Judicial Committee, Party Secretary of the Public Security Bureau, and Commissioner. After these promotions, he used his authority to spare no efforts in persecuting Falun Gong and Falun Gong practitioners. Currently Yang is being detained for corruption in Zhengzhou Jail in Henan Province.

Since the beginning of this year, twenty-five employees of the Wuhan Municipal Intermediate Court have been arrested for corruption. Two of them are deputy directors and nine are department directors. While in power, Yang was very severe in persecuting kind-hearted practitioners and also showed his greediness for money. He used his position to resell at inflated prices one thousand Mu [a Chinese land measure unit; 1 mu = 0.16 acre] of land in Wuhan City, providing him with exorbitant profits. His followers also committed countless crimes. The following are only a few examples.

Ever since the persecution of Falun Gong started, the First Section of the Public Security Bureau has obtained its illegal income from the following sources:

  1. They used their authority to extort money from practitioners' family members. Beginning in 1996, they took money from these families through confiscating Falun Gong practitioners' property and belongings. They used the money for food, drink, and the sauna. They even forced the practitioners' families to pay to have their homes renovated.
  2. They took personal possession of property illegally confiscated from practitioners and their families including cash, vehicles, cell phones, computers, and all kinds of recorders.
  3. They put illegally obtained money into their own pockets.
  4. They appropriated funds allocated to them by Jiang's regime for their personal use.

In persecuting Falun Gong, the Political and Judicial Committee obtains its funds from the taxpayers as well as from the illegal fines they impose upon practitioners and their families. For example, the Jianghan District Political and Judicial Committee and the "610 Office" use the brainwashing classes to earn money. Every year, they are allocated four hundred thousand Yuan from administrative expenditures for "building rent." Then they rent a remote, old, broken-down house. After installing wire fencing, they use this house to persecute Falun Gong practitioners. They divide the huge sum of money left over among themselves. In addition, Falun Gong practitioners detained there have to pay over one thousand Yuan every month. By the time they are released, some have paid over ten thousand Yuan.

[Editors' Note: In both Western and Chinese culture, the principle of karmic retribution, that is, being held ultimately accountable for one's own actions, is widely accepted. The fundamental teaching of Falun Gong is the characteristic of the universe, "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance." The universe will reward actions that are in harmony with this principle, while actions such as beating, torturing and murdering people will incur karmic retribution. Stated another way, good deeds will be rewarded with good, while evildoings will meet due retribution. Articles such as this one are meant as a compassionateáreminder of this principle to those who would commit wrongdoing. While many of those who persecute Falun Gong are merely "following orders," the universal law requires that they, too, be held responsible for their actions, and that only by reversing their course of wrongdoing may they escape retribution.]