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(Christian Post) – Lawyers acting on behalf of the secretary general of the Mennonite Church in Vietnam informed his wife last week that his appeal before the People’s Supreme Court of Vietnam has been rescheduled for Apr. 12, Christian persecution watchdog groups reported this week.

Last November, the Rev. Nguyen Hong Quang was sentenced to three years in prison for “obstructing people from carrying out official duties,” along with five other members of the Church. The appeal of the sentencing, which was filed also on behalf of fellow Mennonite pastor Pham Ngoc Thach, was cancelled without explanation just a day before it was to have originally taken place on Feb. 2.

According to a report released last year by Calif.-based Compass Direct, those close to the situation said that the charges and trial were an artifice to take out of circulation Rev. Quang, an outspoken leader of the Vietnam Mennonite Church. Quang, who also served as an active member of the Vietnamese Evangelical Fellowship, had actively campaigned against religious freedom and human rights abuses.