Two Christians to spend five years and three years in prison

Zhang Xiuhong
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China Aid

(Guiyang, Guizhou—Feb. 16, 2017) A court in China’s central Guizhou province sentenced two women to five years and three years in prison, respectively, on Friday.

Zhang Xiuhong, the chairwoman of the board of deacons at the serially persecuted Huoshi Church, and another woman, Pan Lina, were respectively handed five-year and three-year prison sentences on Feb. 10 by the Nanming District People’s Court in Guiyang, Guizhou. Pan received a four-year reprieve.

Zhang’s sentence followed the suggestion of the Procuratorate, which proposed she be jailed for five to seven years at the time of her trial for her supposed crime of “illegal business operations,” a charge she received after she attempted to withdraw church funds at her beauty shop. Authorities took her into police custody on July 28, 2015.

During the trial, which took place on Jan. 23, her lawyers, Xiao Yunyang and Li Guisheng, maintained her innocence and argued that the transaction was an invalid piece of evidence, since she did not benefit from it.

At this time, China Aid does not know Pan’s charge and will update this report when more information becomes available.

China Aid reports persecution such as exemplified in the cases of Zhang Xiuhong and Pan Lina in order to stand in solidarity with persecuted Christians and promote religious freedom, human rights, and rule of law.

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