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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Chinese officials often raid house
church services, such as this one in
Guiyang, Guizhou. Photo: China Aid
China Aid
By Ava Collins
(Changji, Xinjiang—April 27, 2016) More than 200 armed officials raided a house church meeting on March 5, in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Five church leaders and one other member were formally arrested on April 11.
A group of approximately 40 Christians met for a Bible training in the rural home of a pastor, Zheng Lan, along with local pastor Chen Yajie and pastors visiting from Gansu province, Wang Lulu, Yang Zhaocun, and Tian Ye, when more than 200 police and religious affairs bureau personnel surrounded the gathering.
After registering the identities of all those in attendance, the authorities detained the five pastors and declared the meeting an “illegal gathering.” The detainees were accused of “suspicion of gathering a crowd to disturb social order.” Six days later, on March 11, a church member named Liu Yan was detained on the same charge because she drove several Christians to the meeting.
Several of the detainees hired lawyers from Beijing to represent them. Li Dunyong, the lawyer representing Liu Yan, told reporters that his client had been formally arrested.
“After the arrest, no messages were able to be received from my client for ten days,” Li said. “This was a normal religious meeting in a house church. There were no illegal activities. What they were doing would have been nothing at all if it had happened in a city in the coastal areas.”
Translations of documents from both the Changji authorities and the Beijing lawyers can be found below.
China Aid reports on cases of persecution, such as those against this Changji house church and the leaders who have been arrested, in order to expose abuses by the Chinese government.

Case Introduction

On March 5, 2016, Christian pastors Wang Lulu, Yang Zhaocun, and a Christian from Changji, Chen Yajie, went from Urumqi to the home of Zheng Lan in a rural area of Yongsheng. At this location in Changji, there were about 40 Christians conducting a house church meeting. Subsequently, more than 200 armed police rushed into the meeting and seized people, including Wang Lulu, Yang Zhaocun, Chen Yajie, and Zheng Lan and Tian Ye (who was responsible for keeping watch and providing food) who were responsible for preaching and were taken away from the scene. Furthermore, they were criminally detained on charges of “suspicion of gathering a crowd to disturb social order.” Currently, they are detained in the Changji Municipal Detention Center.

Liu Yan, a believer from Changji who picked up several people to bring them to the meeting that day, was criminally detained on the same charge and taken away from her own clinic on March 11. She is detained at Hutubi County Detention Center, Changji.

On April 11, the six detained people were all arrested, and their families, in turn, received arrest notices. To provide legal assistance for their families, Chen Yajie hired Shang Jianping, a lawyer from Shanghai, Liu Yan hired Li Dunyong, a lawyer from Beijing, Wang Lulu hired Liu Peifu, a lawyer from Beijing, Yang Zhaocun’s family hired Li Baiguang, a lawyer from Beijing and Zheng Lan’s family hired lawyers from Beijing. Many of these defense lawyers, under the accompaniment of public security bureau personnel, individually went to the detention centers and met with the people involved.


Lawyer’s Criminal Lawsuit Form, Document Five

Power of Attorney  Number:

The client, Yang Qingshan, in accordance with the law’s regulations, specially hires Li Baiguang from Beijing Gongxin Law Firm as the defender of criminal suspect Yang Zhaocun for the case [in which he is] “suspected of gathering a mob to disturb social order.” This power of attorney document is valid from now until the date of the end of the first trial and takes effect immediately.

Client: Yang Qingshan [Signature]

April 18, 2016

Note: This power of attorney document is one of three copies, with one copy for the client, the law firm and the People’s client, the law offices, and the People’s Procuratorate or the People’s Court.


Changji Municipal Public Security Bureau

Arrest Notice

Changji Municipal Public Security Bureau (national) arrest notice number [2016] 0404

Yang Qingshan

After undergoing approval by the Changji Municipal People’s Procuratorate, our bureau arrested Yang Zhaocun, who is suspected of gathering a crowd to disturb social order, at 7:00 pm on April 11. He is imprisoned at the Changji Municipal Detention Center.

Changji Public Security Bureau [Seal]

April 11, 2016

Note: The address of the detention center is the sugar factory in Changji Municipality.

This copy is for the arrested person’s relatives.


Changji City Public Security Bureau

Detention Notice

             Changji Municipal Public Security Bureau (national) notice number [2016] 139

To the family members of Yang Zhaocun:

According to the regulations of Article 80 of the Criminal Procedure Law of the People’s Republic of China, our bureau criminally detained Yang Zhaocun at 2 p.m. on March 6, 2016, on suspicion of the crime of gathering a crowd to disrupt social order.

He is detained at the Changji Municipal Detention Center.

          Changji Municipal Public Security Bureau
          [Seal]
                           March 6, 2016

Note: The address of the detention center is on the south side of the sugar factory on Wuyi Xi Road, Changji Municipality

This copy is for the relatives of the detained.


Lawyer’s Criminal Lawsuit Form, Document Five

Power of Attorney  Number:

The client, Wang Pengpeng, in accordance with the law’s regulations, specially hires Lawyer Liu Peifu from Beijing Gongxin Law Firm as the defender of criminal suspect Wang Lulu for the case [in which he is] suspected of gathering a mob to disturb social order. This power of attorney document is valid from now until the date of the end of the first trial and takes effect immediately.

Client: Wang Pengpeng [Signature]

April 18, 2016

Note: This power of attorney document is one of three copies, with one copy for the client, the law firm and the People’s client, the law offices, and the People’s Procuratorate or the People’s Court.



Changji Municipal Public Security Bureau

Detention Notice

                Changji Municipal Public Security Bureau (national) detention notice number [2016] 0309


Wang Lulu’s relatives:

According to the regulations of Article 80 of the Criminal Procedure Law of the People’s Republic of China, our bureau criminally detained Wang Lulu, who is suspected of the crime of gathering a crowd to disturb social order, at 12:00 p.m. on March 9, 2016. He is currently detained at the Changji Municipal Detention Center.

          Changji Municipal Public Security Bureau [Seal]
       
 March 9, 2016

Note: The address of the detention center is behind the sugar factory in Daxiqu Town, Changji City

This copy is for the relatives of the detained.




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