(Minghui.org) Six key perpetrators involved in the persecution of Falun Gong were convicted between September 21-23, 2022, with three of them receiving death sentences with reprieve, one with life imprisonment, one sentenced for 15 years, and another for 14 years.

Falun Gong is a mind-body practice that has been persecuted by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) since July 1999.

Feng Zhenghua, former Central 610 Office chief and former Minister of Justice, was given a death sentence with a reprieve on September 22. All of his personal assets were also confiscated.

Wang Like, a former member of the Standing Committee of the Jiangsu CCP Committee and former secretary of the Jiangsu Political and Legal Affairs Committee (PLAC), was sentenced to death with a reprieve on the same day.

Sun Lijun, a former Vice-Minister of Public Security, received the same death sentence with a reprieve on September 23.

According to China’s criminal law, death with reprieve allows the death row inmate a two-year suspended sentence of the execution. The inmate will face execution if he or she commits additional crimes during the two years of suspension; otherwise, the inmate’s sentence will be automatically reduced to life imprisonment or a lesser term if the inmate has earned enough merits during the suspension.

On September 21, three other high-ranking CCP officials were sentenced, with terms ranging from 14 years to life imprisonment.

There is a Chinese saying, “Good is rewarded with good, and evil meets with evil.” While the above-mentioned officials were not convicted directly for persecuting Falun Gong, many people attributed their downfall to their instrumental roles in persecuting innocent Falun Gong practitioners.


Crimes of Fu Zhenghua, Former Central 610 Office Chief

Fu Zhenghua worked in the public security system for 48 years, during which time he served as follows:

Director of the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau (2010 – 2015)
Deputy minister of the Ministry of Public Security (2013 – 2018)
Deputy director of the Central 610 Office Leadership team (2015 – 2016)
Director of the Central 610 Office (2015 – 2016)
Minister of Justice (2018 – 2020)
and Deputy Director of the Social and Legal Committee of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

Before being investigated in October 2021, Fu was considered a key leader in political persecution by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). He was often dubbed a “ruthless character” and “cruel official.” Public reports show that Fu has led or participated in many cases of human rights violations in China that have drawn international attention.

According to statistics from Minghui, when Fu Zhenghua served as minister of Justice and deputy secretary of the Party Leadership Group between March 2018 and April 2020, at least 46 Falun Gong practitioners lost their lives due to torture, involuntary drug administration, or forced labor during imprisonment. Among them, 28 died in prison and 18 died soon after being released with life-threatening conditions.

In addition, 1,816 Falun Gong practitioners were illegally sentenced to prison between March 2018 and April 2020. According to the “Investigation Report on the CCP Torture and Killing of Falun Gong Practitioners” published by Minghui, at least 122 prisons across China were responsible for the deaths of Falun Gong practitioners over those years. As a former Minister of Justice, Fu has an inescapable responsibility.

When Fu was the director of the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau and Party secretary of the Beijing Political and Legal Affairs Committee (PLAC), at least eight Falun Gong practitioners in Beijing lost their lives due to torture in custody. They were Geng Jin’e, Liu Chun, Du Juan, Zhao Shuhui, Cui Peiying, Tong Shouzhong, Yang Minghua, and Deng Huaiying.

Fu Zhenghua (傅政华)