Posted by: becketfund | December 22, 2009

China: Religious Leaders Arrested as Christmas Approaches

LINFEN – In a recent crackdown on unauthorized worship, ten local religious leaders were jailed and their new church shut down, AFP reported on December 22. Five of the church leaders were given prison terms of up to seven-years by a Linfen court, while the others were sentenced without trial to labor camps for two years, their lawyer, Li Fanping, said.  He expressed shock at the severity of the punishment received for minor offences, which included “illegally occupying farm land,” and “disturbing transportation through mass gathering.”

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