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Wife of a Chinese House Church Leader Sentenced to Ten Days Detention

Posted by radiofreechina on March 20, 2007

By Michael Ireland
Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News Service

MIDLAND, TEXAS / HENAN PROVINCE, CHINA (ANS) —
The wife of a senior House Church leader was sentenced to ten days administrative detention in the Henan Province of China.

According to China Aid Association, on March 19, 2007 at 1 PM (Beijing Time), 50-year-old Ms. Li Huage was arrested and sentenced to ten days for allegedly “disturbing public order.”

Ms. Li Huage
CAA says that when the arrest occurred, Ms. Li was in the Wancheng District PSB office seeking the return of her cell phone, computer, and Bibles which were illegally confiscated on March 6 from her home. She is now detained in Ying An Lu Detention Center, Wancheng district, Nanyang city, Henan province. Her husband, pastor Dong Quanyu was released March 16 after serving a ten day sentence for an “illegal religious gathering.”

“Ms. Li was beaten heavily by the PSB officers on March 16 outside the detention center before she met with her released husband,” CAA says in a report obtained by ANS.

“Pastor Dong is the Vice-President of the Chinese House Church Alliance. Along with some Chinese House Church leaders and three South Korean Pastors, Dong and his wife Ms. Li were hosting a Bible study at their home in Wancheng District, Nanyang city, Henan province on March 6, 2007.

“They were raided and taken to the police station for interrogation. The PSB officers also searched the house and took away personal properties including cell phones, a computer, and Christian books without giving any receipt as required by law. Most of the pastors were released the following day after intensive international pressure.”

You may contact the PSB office of Nanyang City at the following numbers to show your concern:

Police Special Squad Director Mr. Chang Keying

+86-13837767278 (cell phone)

Deputy PSB Director Mr. Lu (on religious affairs)

+86-13603778696 (cell phone)

PSB office Tel: +86-377-63311110

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