Disabled Anhui House Church Pastor Formally Arrested for Printing Bibles and Christian Literature

June 15, 2006

MIDLAND, Texas, June 14 /Christian Newswire/ — China Aid Association learned that a well-known disabled Chinese House church pastor was formally arrested May 26, 2006. Forty- Three-year-old Pastor Wang Zaiqing was accused of illegally printing and distributing Bibles and other Christian literature.

According to a reliable source, May 26, Pastor Wang’s wife, Zhang Hongyan, received the formal arrest warrant issued by the Domestic Security Protection Squad of the Public Security Bureau of Huainan City, Anhui Province. The arrest warrant said Pastor Wang was suspected of “being involved in illegal business practices.” He is now being held at No. 1 Detention Center of Huainan City.

According to Pastor Wang’s wife, she and Pastor Wang were summoned for questioning April 25 for one day by the PSB of Huainan City. According to the summons paper which contained both of their fingerprints, (a copy of which was obtained by China Aid) Pastor Wang and his wife were accused of “illegally printing, editing, and distributing Christian propaganda material. Thus, they were summoned for questioning according to an internal document entitled “Notice on Preventing and Dealing with Illegal Activities by Using Christianity.” [88 Zong Fa Zi No. 385]. According to a website on which a copy of the document was posted, ( http://www.hebmzt.gov.cn/law/matter.jsp? id=3) that secret document was issued and took effect October 18, 1988 by the national Department of Public Security and the State Administration on Religious Affairs (SARA which was formally known as RAB Religious Affairs Bureau).

April 25 and 26, Pastor Wang’s house was searched twice and a number of items were confiscated including Christian literature such as Hymnals, Christian Life Quarterly magazine, Why Believe Jesus, Chinese Church History, Pauline Epistles and bank cards as well as an electronic piano used by Pastor Wang’s daughter.

At 12 noon on April 28, Pastor Wang was taken from his home and declared under ‘criminal detention’ by the PSB of Huainan City.

Pastor Wang was crippled at the age of five from an illness. He became a Christian in 1993 and later became a very well-known House Church planter and preacher in several provinces around Anhui province.

He has been printing and distributing Bibles and other Christian literature to fellow believers free of charge to meet the rapid growth of believers. Legal experts say this is the third such case in which the Chinese government used a criminal business related charge against a house church pastor. April 26, 2006 Pastor Liu Yuhua from Shandong Province was arrested on the same charge. Beijing Pastor Cai Zhuohua was sentenced in 2005 to three years imprisonment for printing Christian literature. The Chinese government tries to persecute religious leaders by criminalizing their religious activities. Dr. Li Baiguang, a prominent legal scholar on constitutional law has volunteered to be Pastor Wang’s lawyer. Dr Li met with President Bush on May 11 in the White House along with two other house church members.

(Read the whole story at http://www.ChinaAid.org)

“It’s totally unacceptable for the Chinese authority to arrest this pious crippled pastor simply for printing Bibles,” said Rev. Bob Fu of CAA, “This action certainly reveals the hypocritical nature of the so- called Bible Exhibition tour in the US sponsored by the Chinese government.” CAA urges the Chinese government to immediately release Pastor Wang and return the property confiscated from his house.

Communicate your concern to the Chinese authority at the following address:
Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong,
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China
2300 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC 20008
http://www.china-embassy.org/
TEL: 202-7456743
Fax: 202- 588-0032; 202-7457473
Director of Religious Affairs: (202) 328-2512

Ms. Wu Aiying, minister of Ministry of Justice of PRC
Tel: +86-10-65205114
Fax: +86-10-64729863
Email: pufamaster@legalinfo.gov.cn
Address:No. 10, Nan Da Jie, Chaoyangmen, Beijing City (Zip Code: 100020)

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