Christian House Church Leaders Arrested in China

By Michael Ireland
Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News Service
MIDLAND, TEXAS (ANS) Local police in the Chinese province of Liaoning arrested a 54-year-old house church leader while she was sharing her faith with the secretary of the Communist Party of her village.

Local police in the Chinese province of Liaoning arrested a 54-year-old house church leader while she was sharing her faith with the secretary of the Communist Party of her village.Ms. Gu Changrong was arrested by the police in Qingyuan county, Fushun city, Liaoning province as she was sharing her faith with Mr. Yu Mingfu, who is the secretary of the Communist Party of her village. According to China Aid Association (CAA), Mr. Yu called the police accusing Ms. Gu “poisoning Communist Party members” with the Christian message. Three Public Security Bureau (PSB) members took away Ms. Gu. Ms. Gu’s relatives say Ms. Gu was sentenced to one year of re-education through labor for “using evil cult organizations to obstruct the exercising of state laws.”

CAA says: “None of her relatives has received any formal notice of her sentence since her arrest. She is serving her sentence at Ma San Jia Labor Camp, which is internationally known for its harsh treatment and torture against thousands of imprisoned Falun Gong practioners there. Ms. Gu, with her husband Mr. Jiang Senshan, works in Beijing. They were visiting their hometown when the arrest happened.”

CAA also learned that two house church leaders in Anhui province were recently arrested. Pastor Chen Jiaxi of Chencun village, Wuhu county was arrested in January 4, 2007 for distributing free bibles and other Christian literatures to house church members. His relative told CAA Pastor Chen will be put on trial soon. His official criminal charge is “illegal business management.” He could be convicted and sentenced to up to three years imprisonment.

In October 15, 2006 Pastor Chen was jailed for so-called “illegal religious gathering.” Forty-two days later, He was released without charge after being forced to pay 12,000Yuan ($1,500 USD). Moreover, pastor Chen Lianmin of Ma An Shan city was arrested on February 23 for leading a bible study class with some high school students. He was released recently but his computer and other Christian literatures were confiscated.

For more details of Liaoning case, Ms. Gu Changrong’s daughter Ms. Jiang Xueli can be reached at +86-137-1885-8360(Beijing)

 



 

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Author: editor
Post Date: Saturday, March 31st, 2007
Categories: Christianity