(Clearwisdom.net) On December 8, 2009, Ms. Lei Jinxiang and four other Falun Dafa practitioners were forced to stand trial at Jianyang City Court in Sichuan Province. During the trial, the defendants' attorneys, in a thorough and reasonable way, proved all of the charges in the indictment to be untruthful, but the court disregarded the facts and the law, found the defendants guilty, and sentenced them to long prison terms. Ms. Lei Jinxiang was sentenced to nine and one-half years, Ms. Jia Zhengfen was sentenced to eight and one-half years, Mr. Zhang Shixiang was sentenced to six years, Ms. Liu Dehui was sentenced to four years, and Ms. Peng Xiuqiong was sentenced to three years.

The courtroom was filled to capacity on the day of the sentencing, as many practitioners and local citizens came by to watch the proceedings. The defendants had been brutally tortured in the preceding few months, but they maintained their spirit at the hearing. As soon as they got off the prison bus, Ms. Peng and a few other practitioners started shouting, "Falun Dafa is good!" They took numerous opportunities during the trial and the sentencing to tell about the wonders of Falun Dafa, how the practice has benefited them, and the cruel torture they were subjected to by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Ms. Jia told a story about how the detention center mistakenly gave her 100 yuan that morning, and even though she had been seriously persecuted, she returned the money without hesitation.

During the trial, the attorneys established that practicing Falun Gong and telling people the facts about Falun Gong violates no existing laws or legislation. They demonstrated that the defendants were law-abiding citizens and that the charges against them were invalid. One of the attorneys had intended to enter a plea of guilty on behalf of his client, but moved by his sense of justice, changed his mind and entered a plea of not-guilty. Many people in the courtroom learned the facts about Falun Gong and the persecution that day.

The five practitioners exposed the evil nature of the CCP in a very powerful way during the trial when they testified about the torture they endured after they were arrested. They described how the authorities beat them, hung them up by handcuffed wrists and deprived them of sleep for as many as five days in order to force confessions from them. Mr. Zhang, who is 59 years old, was tortured so severely that he was both mentally and physically exhausted, and all of his hair turned gray. Even so, the CCP officers forced him to wear foot shackles during the trial. The judge ruled that any evidence obtained through torture could not be included in the prosecution's case, however the court still found the practitioners guilty and sentenced them to long prison terms.

It is not known exactly where the practitioners are being held, but they may be detained at Jianyang Detention Center.

Jianyang City Court: 86-832-7244211, 86-832-7241231, 86-832-7223362, 86-832-7222482, 86-832-7210819
Li Shouzheng, president of the court and secretary of the CCP Committee
Li Junhua, Qiu Qiying (female), Zhang Jian, vice-president of the court
Chen Xiaoying, judge of the criminal court
Zeng Fuyun: 86-13982998309 (Cell)
Li Yujuan: 86-15984200965 (Cell)