All 16 Christians Released from Prison in Henan
On April 30, 18 Christians were arrested in Henan by Public Security Bureau officials for gathering in a house church for communion services. Two of the believers were released after ChinaAid sent out a press release on the incident, but 16 were still in prison. Finally, after the prayers and efforts of many around the world, PSB officials released the remaining 16 prisoners on May 8th without completing their detention or paying their fines.
5/24/09 China (ChinaAid) On the afternoon of May 9, the remaining 16 Christians from China Gospel Fellowship (CGF) house church group who were imprisoned by the Security Bureau (PSB) in Xinye, Henan province were released early from administrative detention. Even though the prisoners had not completed their sentences of 10-14 days in detention or paid their fines of 1,000 Yuan ($150 US), the officials did not require any other terms for their release. ChinaAid sources said the early release of the prisoners was due to pressure from the international community and meant that, “the government admits what they did was wrong.”
When ChinaAid sent out a press release on the incident, two of the Christians were released the same day but 16 were still in prison. Many from around the world prayed and called the Public Security Bureau officials in Xinye to express concern for those arrested and request the immediate release of the prisoners. On the afternoon of May 8, 11 of the Christians were released, and, in a few hours, the remaining five were released.
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