Arbitrarily held deacon to stand trial



Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Zhang Xiuhong (center) is scheduled
on Monday. (Photo: China Aid)
China Aid

(Guiyang, Guizhou—Jan. 18, 2017) Arbitrarily held for one-and-a-half years, a deacon of a prominent house church in China’s central Guizhou province is scheduled to stand trial next week.

In late July 2015, officials took Zhang Xiuhong, who chaired Huoshi Church’s board of deacons and served as the church's accountant, into custody on allegations of “illegal business operations” after she withdrew church funds at her beauty shop. The local Procuratorate formalized her arrest on Sept. 1, 2015, and the court initiated trial preparation procedures in March 2016. Last August, authorities convened a pretrial meeting with her lawyers in order to discuss issues related to the trial, but Zhang herself was not present.

Zhang's trial will be held on Jan. 23.

China Aid reports on cases such as Zhang’s in order to stand in solidarity with persecuted Christians and promote religious freedom, human rights, and rule of law in China.


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