Beijing church elder missing for nearly three months

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

China Aid
Translated by Brynne Lawrence. Written in English by Ava Collins.

(Beijing—Sept. 30, 2015) After a former political prisoner and Beijing church elder went missing on July 10, his younger brother hired a lawyer to speak with authorities and search for him.

Since Hu Shigen disappeared into police custody, his family, church and friends have been unable to contact him and have not received any information from authorities despite multiple inquires. In light of the situation, Hu’s younger brother, who lives in China’s inland Jiangxi, hired lawyer Li Baiguang to investigate Hu’s disappearance.

Hu’s troubles began more than 20 years ago when he was sentenced to 20 years in prison on political charges; Hu ended up serving more than 16 years of his sentence. While he was in prison, his wife divorced him, and he lost contact with his child.

Later, when he was imprisoned a second time in Beijing, he joined a Bible study, which eventually led to his conversion to Christianity. He became a church elder in 2012, visiting many churches and baptizing hundreds of people.

Despite multiple inquiries to police, there has been no news of him since his disappearance.

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