CHINA’S CHRISTIAN CRACKDOWN: Woman jailed for three years for holding BIBLE STUDIES
A CHRISTIAN woman has been jailed for three years for holding a bible study in China.
By KATIE MANSFIELD
Sat, Jan 7, 2017
Ma Huichao was sentenced after her bible study group threatened to “disturb public order”.
China Aid said the woman was taken into custody alongside four other Christians after communist party officials claimed the group was meeting without government approval.
The small group was accused of “gathering a crowd to disturb public order” in the western Xinjiang region of the country.
Huichao’s lawyer was not allowed to plead not guilty on his clients behalf, according to China Aid.
The court sentenced Huichao to three years in prison on December 30.
It is believed Huichao will not appeal her sentence.
China’s Communist Party has placed increasingly harsh restrictions on Christians in recent months.