China Aid Association June 19 2013
On June 17, 2013, a court decision regarding Enyu Bookstore’s (located in Taiyuan, Shanxi) case was made. The court of Xiaodian district of Taiyuan sentenced brother Lacheng Ren to five years in prison and brother Wenxi Li to two years. Their lawyer and friends were greatly disturbed by the court’s verdict. The court completely twisted the facts throughout their decision-making process. The defense lawyer made a compelling argument in the trail against the prosecutor. But when it came to making a decision, the court completely disregarded the facts and laws. Brother Li’s family is preparing to appeal to a higher court in response to this unjust verdict.
ChinaAid was shocked to learn of the injustices brother Ren and brother Li suffered. Through this case, we have seen that the principles on which the Chinese judicial system is allegedly founded upon are being thrown “out the window.” The local judicial office exercises the authority to make any decision they please, often paying no attention whatsoever to the written law and principles. By closely examining the legal procedures, such as police investigation, judicial department’s prosecution, and the court’s decision making, we have seen that the government officials neglect the law in every respect. It would be no exaggeration to view this verdict as an unjust political decision, intending to suppress the freedom of religion.
We call on international communities to continue to share your concern in the unfolding of Enyu’s case. We also hope that the court of appeals of Taiyuan would base their judgment on facts and immediately rectify the wrong decision made by the trial court.
Jesus proclaimed in the Book of Matthew, “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” We sincerely hope that international Christian communities would continue to pray for brother Ren and brother Li. We pray that, even though they have suffered injustice, they would remain faithful and find peace in God.
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