His wife was summoned and handcuffed and tied up by police on April 21 after Chang Chun-ray, a pastor of a Christian house church in the capital of Gizo, was illegally detained on suspicion of fraud last month. Detained for 24 hours.
A rights lawyer revealed in the Epoch Times that he believes that Chinese authorities in Guiyang are working to build a truncated fraud case against Zhang.
According to Chinese rights lawyer Sui Muqing, Rev. Zhang’s wife, Yang Aiqing, was taken to police around noon with Zhang’s son and brother.
Later that afternoon, Zhang’s son and brother were released, but Yang was released after being detained for 24 hours.
Concerned about the case, Sui and other human rights lawyers took a personal risk to visit Yang on April 24.
Sui learned from Yang that she had been handcuffed, detained and cross-examined for several hours during her 24-hour detention at the police station.
“She was criminally summoned on suspicion of fraud, [police] All the cross-examinations were about spiritual beliefs and the operation of the church. There were no questions about the fraud, and in fact it wasn’t mentioned at all, “Sui told the Epoch Times of Yang’s testimony.
He also said, “Yan was handcuffed and tied up. This is very bad because her situation does not constitute a crime. It is not necessary even if it is a crime. She is a delicate woman and Not a dangerous criminal. In general, handcuffs and handcuffs are for dangerous criminals and those who refuse to summon. It is the act of police abusing their power. “
On March 16, Zhang, local Christians, and several Christians from other areas were studying in a church-rented Wenzhou hotel room praying for their scriptures. They were attacked by the police.
Three local Christians (Chen Jinzhi, Li Lin) and 10 visiting Christians were taken to the Yan’an Middle Road Police Station in the NGO Christian Solidarity World. report..
Late in the afternoon, Zhang went to the police station to ask about the attack. He was cruelly pushed to the ground and detained. He was then placed under “administrative detention” for 11 days, after which he was extended to criminal detention and Christian daily. report..
After prosecuting Zhang for fraud, Sui said authorities have charged the entire house church as a “fraud group” and are preparing to label church donations as “fraud projects.” This is really irrational and very ridiculous. It is a common practice in the world for church elders and staff to obtain living expenses from donations, Sui said.
“They definitely intend to make the house church a fraudulent group, so they are more likely to have a big incident and receive prizes and credits for the crackdown. This is some senior officials. Is also what he wants, “he said.
Sui is not optimistic about the possibility of Zhang’s freedom. “They dare to slap the pastor’s accusations of such ridiculous crimes, which means they treat it as a big deal. [political] Dare to go against the law openly in the case. So it doesn’t look good to Zhang, “he told the Epoch Times.
Persecution of faithful Chinese
April 25th of this year marks the 22nd anniversary of Falun Gong’s peaceful protest against religious freedom in China. It also enters the 22nd year of continued persecution of Falun Gong by the Chinese Communist Party administration.
For years, China has been a religious free criminal issued by the U.S. government and human rights watchdogs for persecuting Tibetans, Buddhists, Christians, Falun Gong practitioners, Uighurs, and human rights advocates. It is above the list.
In 2020, China scored 9 out of 100 in the Freedom House Report. It is a DC-based human rights monitoring group ranked in the lowest group in 195 countries. The report stated that people living in China under the communist regime were “not free” and gave the administration a score of 0 for religious freedom.
GuXiaohua contributed to this report.