Update: Fu Xuanjuan, Deng Tianyong, Han Li, and Feng Qunhao, four Christians arrested for selling audio Bibles, face severe indictments as they await second trial



Wednesday, December 2, 2020


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(Shenzhen, Guangdong Province—Dec. 2, 2020) On July 2, 2020, Chinese officials arrested Fu Xuanjuan, Deng Tianyong, Han Li, and Fu Qunhao, employees of Shenzhen Tree of Life Technology Development Co., Ltd. These four Christians, currently awaiting their second trial, face severe indictments based on charges of “illegal business operation.”

July 3: Police seized Fu, Deng, Li, and Feng in Yucun Henglin, Bao’an District. The “illegal business operation” charge against the four Christians evolved from their employment at Shenzhen Tree of Life… where they sold audio Bibles.

On August 6, after the Bao’an District Procuratorate approved the “illegal business operation” charge, Shenzhen Municipal Police Department (Bao’an Police Station) again arrested Fu, Deng, Li, and Feng. Officers at Shenzhen Jiuwei Detention Center then detained the four Christians at this facility.

The following relates information about Fu, Deng, Li, and Feng: 

  • Fu Xuanjuan


Ethnicity: Han

Domicile of origin: Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region

 

  • Deng Tianyong

Ethnicity: Han

Domicile of origin: Guangdong Province


  • Feng Qunhao

Ethnicity: Han

 Domicile of origin: Guangdong Province

 

  • Han Li

Domicile of origin: Hainan Province


Established in September1996, Shenzhen Tree of Life...., a legal enterprise launched in April 2011, develops advanced digital multimedia terminal and communication products. Committed to spreading the biblical culture, the company has built bonds with numerous churches, bookstores, institutes, and agents, in China and abroad. 

Fu serves as the legal representative of Shenzhen Tree of Life.... Deng and Feng have worked for the company since its start. Deng manages the content downloaded and saved on audio Bibles. Feng works as a technician in charge of duplicating and creating videos. Deng examines products and conducts after-sales maintenance. Han serves as the receptionist as well as the accountant of the company, overseeing packing, transportation, expenditure, and finances.

Bao’an District Procuratorate’s indictment stated that authorities suspect that Shenzhen Tree of Life.... conducted illegal business operations from January 2018 through June 2020, earning 3,661,847.84 yuan ($557,834.33 USD). The Procuratorate asserts that Fu, Deng, Li, and Feng violated the Criminal Law of the People’s Republic of China Article 225 and should be prosecuted for the criminal liability of illegal business operation. 

The procuratorate recommends that the court:
  • sentences Fu Xuanjuan to serve 5 years in prison,
  • sentences Deng Tianyong to serve 3 years with a fine,
  • sentences Feng Qunchao to serve 3 years with a fine, and
  • sentences Han Li to serve 1.5 years with a fine.
At this time, the Bao’an District Procuratorate has transferred the case to Bao’an District Court. Records reveal that court officials have processed Case number: (2020) Yue0306, Criminal Preliminary 3596:
Judge Song Qiaoxian (telephone: +86-0755-29997281) presides over the case; assisted by Law Clerk Huang Shiting (telephone: +86-0755-29997260). 

The court initially tried Fu, Deng, Li, and Fengon November 27, 2020 in Bao’an District Court No. 6 Courtroon. Officials have scheduled the 2nd trial for the four Christians to be held on December 9, 2020. 


Photocopy of Shenzhen City Bao’an District Procuratorate’s Indictment on Fu Xuanjuan, Deng Tianyong, Feng Qunhao, Han Li, Page 1 
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Photocopy of Shenzhen City Bao’an District Procuratorate’s Indictment on Fu Xuanjuan, Deng Tianyong, Feng Qunhao, Han Li, Page 2 
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Photocopy of Shenzhen City Bao’an District Procuratorate’s Indictment on Fu Xuanjuan, Deng Tianyong, Feng Qunhao, Han Li, Page 3 
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Photocopy of Shenzhen City Bao’an District Procuratorate’s Indictment on Fu Xuanjuan, Deng Tianyong, Feng Qunhao, Han Li, Page 4 
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While Fu, Deng, Li, and Feng remain detained, awaiting their second trial, authorities have warned their families and attorneys—do not release any information about their cases.




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