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Two House Church Leaders Sentenced to One Year Re-Education Through Labor in Shandong; Another Church Leader Detained in Shanxi Province

Contact: Bob Fu, China Aid Association, 267-205-5210,;,


MIDLAND, Texas, July 8 /Standard Newswire/ -- China Aid Association learned that 2 House Church leaders were sentenced to 1 year re-education through labor on June 29 in Shandong Province.


Photo: official notification paper for pastor ZHANG Geming's re-education through labor sentence.


According to official notification paper sent to family members, the two church leaders have been sent to Re-education through Labor Camp of Jining City of Shandong province to serve their sentence. The paper issued by Re-education through Labor (Lao Jiao) Management Committee of the People's Government of Heze City said pastor ZHANG Geming(erred as ZHANG Gaiming in CAA's previous report) and pastor SUN Qingwen were accused using an evil cult to obstruct the law. Their re-education through labor time starts from June 29, 2007 and ends on June 14, 2008.


According to house church sources, both pastors are evangelical missionaries sent from Henan to Shandong province. They were detained on June 15 along with 4 other local church leaders when they had a worship service together. The 4 local pastors were released on July 1 after being forced to have paid 10000yuan($1300) fine.


Meanwhile, in Shanxi province(erred as Shaanxi in CAA's previous report), two forcibly held church leaders are likely to be sentenced to re-education through labor soon. Pastor Zhou Jieming and pastor Niu Wenbin have been accused as "suspects of using an evil cult to obstruct of the law" and put in criminal detention since June 10. On June 9, 2007, the two ministers along with 12 other church leaders were detained while they were distributing Bibles in a market place in Jiaocheng county, Shanxi province. 4 of them were eventually released at the same day. 6 more church leaders were released on June 15 from their detention center without any legal paper or explanation from the PSB.


On June 29 one more church leader was detained and sentenced to 10 days administrative detention. According to reliable sources, Ms. GAO Qiuxiang(54-year-old) who is the wife of the senior pastor ZHANG Tuanyuan(in hiding) of Jiaocheng House church was detained when she went to the PSB office along with the 6 released leaders seeking official explanation paper. According to CAA investigators' interviews, five of the female leaders were beaten up and abused by the PSB during their five days detention and interrogation time.


CAA appeals to the Chinese authorities to unconditionally release these 5 innocent house church leaders in Shandong and Shanxi.


Inquires and concerns can be raised to the following Chinese government officials:


Mr. WU Heping deputy Chief of Staff, Ministry of Public Security +86-10- 66262549

Mr. WANG Lixian, chief of staff, Ministry of Justice +86-10- 65206706

Mr. HU Keming, Chief Administrative Secretary, State Council +86-10- 63097477

Mr. GUO Wei, Director of Foreign Affairs Department, State Administration on Religious Affairs 86+10- 64095157

Mr. LIU Baoju, Deputy Director, Department of Propaganda of Communist Party Shandong province +86-531-82062258


Notification Paper by Re-education through Labor (Lao Jiao) Management Committee of the People's Government of Heze City (Shandong province)


(Heze Zi No. 356)

Due to the fact that ZHANG Geming using an evil cult to obstruct the law, this Committee resolves to sentence him one year re-education through labor.(Including the custody time before this decision, the re-education through labor time starts from June 29 2007 and ends on June 14, 2008) ZHANG Geming has been sent to Re-education through Labor Camp of Jining City to serve his sentence.

(Stamp of Re-education through Labor (Lao Jiao) Management Committee of the People's Government of Heze City)

Signature of the sentenced individual: ZHANG Geming

Date: June 29, 2007


Issued by CAA on July 8, 2007.