Posted by: becketfund | February 19, 2008

China: Protestant Pastors Sentenced to Forced Labor

SHANGDONG PROVINCE – Twenty-one Shangdong Protestants, arrested during a police raid in December, have been sentenced to “re-education through labor”, with sentences ranging from fifteen months to three years, reports AsiaNews February 19. The arrests occurred on December 7 in Hedong district, where Protestant pastors had met for leadership training. More than 250 persons were arrested during the raid, with the majority of the group being released after a few days. Police would not disclose the name or location of the work camps.

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