Imprisoned Christian Shi Weihan Trial Update

China Aid Association

(BEIJING – April 17, 2009) Christian Shi Weihan stood trial on Thursday, April 9, in the Haidian District Court and his attorney Zhang Xingshui made a three-hour defense of Shi Weihan’s innocence, from 9 a.m. to noon. Shi Weihan, has been in prison since March 19, 2008 for printing and giving away Christian books and Bibles without government permission.
At the trial, Shi Weihan’s attorney Zhang Xingshui pointed out: “Shi Weihan’s acts did not constitute a crime, because he was not engaged in illegal business acts and he did not disturb the social or market order.”
Shi Weihan’s wife Zhang Jing and his parents, and three friends were allowed to attend the trial. They were able to make eye contact with him and nod, but otherwise they were not allowed to communicate. They said he is quite thin, but appeared healthy.
Police reportedly brought no new evidence, and constantly referred to the “printing of illegal books.” The judge previously refused to convict Shi Weihan.
Lawyer Zhang Xingshui said, according to China’s criminal law, if convicted, Shi Weihan’s sentence could be about three to four years. Zhang Xingshui says that the court is required to issue a verdict within 45 days.
To request the immediate release of Shi Weihan, please contact the following government authorities:
Tang Long, City of Beijing Deputy Secretary General of the Municipal People’s Government
Phone: 011-86-10-62362008

Liu Jianchao, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Director of Information Department
Phone: 011-86-10-65963342

Chinese Embassy
Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong
2300 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008
Tel: (202) 328-2500
Fax: (202) 495-2138

China Aid Contacts
Rachel Ritchie, English Media Director
Cell: (432) 553-1080 | Office: 1+ (888) 889-7757 | Other: (432) 689-6985
Email: [email protected] 

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