Zhejiang authorities commute pastor's sentence from administrative to criminal detention

Thursday, September 3, 2015

China Aid
By Brynne Lawrence

(Wenzhou, Zhejiang—Sept. 3, 2015) Authorities in Zhejiang issued Yan Xiaojie’s family a notice on Sept. 3 stating that they commuted his eight-day administrative detention sentence to criminal detention because they suspect him of “gathering a mob to disturb public order.”

Wenzhou police apprehended Yan on Aug. 26 for forwarding seven text messages on the Chinese messaging app WeChat that requested prayer concerning the Zhejiang cross removals. Originally, they scheduled his release for Sept. 4. They have not specified how much longer they will detain him under this new sentence.

The notice received by the family can be read in full below.

Wenzhou City’s Longwan Branch of the Public Security Bureau

               Detention Notice

                          Detention number, Longwan, Wenzhou: (2015)10088

To the family of Yan Xiaojie,

In accordance with Article 80 of Criminal Procedure Law of People’s Republic of China, We have detained Yan Xiaojie, who is suspected of committing the crime of “gathering a mob to disturb social order”, at 3:00 pm, on September 3, 2015. Now, he is detained at the Wenzhou Municipal Detention Center.

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