Nanle County government detains pastor's daughter, others ahead of APEC

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Zhang “Shanshan” Lingxin
China Aid Association

(Nanle County, Henan—Nov. 5, 2014) The youngest daughter of imprisoned Pastor Zhang Shaojie, of Nanle County, Henan, was abducted by local police during a trip to the grocery store today. Zhang “Shanshan” Lingxin is now being held in a black jail at the Nanle County hotel with her aunt and a Nanle County Christian Church leader, according to messages Zhang was able to send to her husband.

Zhang’s husband told U.K.-based Sky News that he believes his wife was taken in order to thwart any attempts she might make to circulate her father’s story while world leaders are in China for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings, which begin today.

Zhang communicated with her husband via a short phone call and several text messages, during which she relayed her location and that one of her aunts and Fan Ruizhen, a church leader who had been previously detained, were also being held at the “Nanle Hotel,” according to Sky News.

It is suspected that the local government will attempt to demolish the Nanle County Christian Church’s building while its leader is in detention.

Additionally, China Aid learned that government officials are currently occupying the Zhang family home, as warned in a public notice posted on Oct. 24. The situation resulted from Zhang Shaojie’s failure to pay a fine of 700,000 Yuan (US $114,000) as punishment for a fictitious fraud charge.

“My family is very concerned for my sister, Shanshan, as well as my aunt and Fan Ruizhen,” said “Esther” Huixin Zhang, Pastor Zhang’s oldest daughter. “I hope that President Obama demands action in my father’s case and the illegal detention of my sister and others during ongoing APEC discussions with the Chinese government.”

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