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Xinjiang worker sentenced to two-year re-education through labor for assisting American Christian businessman

ICC Note

“…The reason for Mr. Wusimanyiming’s arrest and sentencing seems far more likely stem from the fact that his employer is a foreign businessman and outspoken Christian. This unjustifiable arrest of brother Wusimanyiming further illustrates the efforts of the Chinese government to curtail the spread of Christianity within China .”

By Michael Ireland

December 5, 2007 (ANS) — A 35-year-old Uyghur Christian, who is a former employee of Xinjiang Pacific Agricultural Resources Development Company, Ltd., has been sentenced to two years education through labor for allegedly assisting foreigners in illegal activities.

A report from China Aid Association (CAA), says that after graduating from college Mr. Wusimanyimin, of Uyghur ethnicity from Wuerqi village, went to work at the Propaganda Office of Zhawa Township, Moyu County . Then in 1998 he gained employment at Xinjiang Pacific Agricultural Resources Development Company, Ltd. until his arrest in November of this year.

CAA says that following an investigation, officials have stated that clear and solid evidence was found convicting Mr. Wusimanyiming to have assisted foreigners in illegal activities from March of 1998 through April of 2004. These illegal activities allegedly included the releasing of government secrets and documents. In addition, the owner of Xinjiang Pacific Agricultural Resources Development Company, Ltd, an American businessman and Christian, was expelled from China and his company shut down pending further investigation.

In it’s report, obtained by ANS, CAA says: “The sentencing of Mr. Wusimanyiming and the expulsion of his employer from the country are unjust punishments against innocent businessmen. How an ordinary citizen without admittance to privileged information, gained access to government secrets and documents is a question that begs to be answered. The reason for Mr. Wusimanyiming’s arrest and sentencing seems far more likely stem from the fact that his employer is a foreign businessman and outspoken Christian. This unjustifiable arrest of brother Wusimanyiming further illustrates the efforts of the Chinese government to curtail the spread of Christianity within China .”

China Aid Association’s D. Burton is quoted as saying, “The only crime Mr. Wusimanyiming is guilty of is working for an American Christian Businessman.”

Meanwhile, Mr. Wusimanyiming has 60 days to apply for an administrative reconsideration of his two-year labor sentence. Beijing Christian lawyer, Zhang Kai will represent him with his legal appeal.

“We encourage the international community to speak out against the injustice against Mr. Wusimanyiming and the countless others who are imprisoned for the crime of living out their faith,” CAA adds.