Human rights lawyers persecuted during China’s “709” crackdown to defend Elder Zhang Chunlei and Guiyang Ren'ai Reformed Church



Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Lawyer Wang Yu (1st from L), Lawyer Bao Longjun (4th from L), & Lawyer Sui Muqing (6th from L).  (Photo: ChinaAid source)

(Guiyang, Guizhou Province—April 27, 2021) At 11:40 pm on April 23, human rights Lawyer Sui Muqing, also a victim of China’s “709” crackdown on human rights lawyers, posted an update about the case against Guiyang Ren'ai Reformed Church’s Elder Zhang Chunlei, ​and ​ news about ​Yang Aiqing, ​​Elder Zhang​'s​ wife, on WeChat Moments. Agents of the Ministry of State Security (MSS), the civilian intelligence, security, and secret police agency of the People's Republic of China, accused Elder Zhang and Ms. Yang of “fraud.”

As the Chinese government persecuted many house churches, authorities also accused and charged Renai Reformed Church with “fraud.” Not only did officials detain Elder Zhang, but they also summoned Ms. Yang to the police station. Yunyan District police did not release Ms. Yang until after subjecting her to 24-hours of non-stop interrogation.

Lawyer Sui said:

Police held Ms. Yang in handcuffs and leg irons during her detention. Questions during the interrogation focused on a Christian’s belief, and church operations. None related to the fabricated “fraud” charge. The purported summons and interrogation appeared to aim to frighten Ms. Yang by threatening and persecuting her.   

Lawyer Zhao Qingshan arrives at Guiyang on April 23.
(Photo: ChinaAid source)

Lawyers defending church co-workers and Christians arrived at Guiyang one after another. Elder Zhang’s legal team includes Lawyer Zhao Qingshan, Lawyer Wang Yu, Lawyer Bao Longjun, and Lawyer Sui Muqing. The defense team plans to apply for administrative reconsideration and sue Yunyan District police for framing and persecuting Elder Zhang Chunlei, and others. Another lawyer Elder Zhang appointed to defend him will travel to Guiyang soon.

The Guangdong government rescinded Lawyer Sui Muqing’s legal license one day before the 2018 Chinese New Year. Authorities rescinded Lawyer Bao Longjun’s legal license since his arrest. Officials rescinded Lawyer Zhao Qingshan’s legal license after he became the defense lawyer for Chengdu Early Rain Covenant Church’s deacon, Ge Yingfeng.

Most lawyers for Elder Zhang and Guiyang Renai Reformed Church have arrived at Guiyang and started working on the Renai Reformed Church’s case. Chinese Communist Party (CCP) authorities have constrained Lawyer Wang Yu and her husband, Lawyer Bao Longjun in Maoming, Guangdong Province.

On April 23, Maoming Intermediate Court issued an illegal verdict against Niu Tengyu and others. Ms. Wang Yu and Mr. Bao travelled to Maoming to defend them. National security agents responsible for monitoring the couple also travelled there, where they regained control over the couple. CCP authorities will not allow Ms. Wang, and Mr. Bao, in danger of being arrested, to travel back to Beijing or any other place in the PRC. Nor, due to their phone numbers failing to function properly, can they make phone calls. 

~ Report by Yubing, ChinaAid special correspondent


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