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Shi Weihan Released on Bail, Government Officials Decide Not to Pursue Criminal Charges

ICC Note:

China Aid released a report that the Christian bookstore owner, Shi Weihan, who was recently arrested for printing and distributing Christian literature in China has been released on bail.

1/7/2008 China (ChinaAid) China Aid Association has learned that on January 4, Christian bookstore owner, Shi Weihan along with two dozen others associated with his case, have been released on bail. Chinese officials have decided against a formal trial for Shi, and criminal charges against the accused have been dismissed. Eyewitnesses told CAA that Shi was in good spirits and relatively stable physical condition. Shi’s family members asked CAA to thank the tireless efforts of the international community for his release.

According to Chinese law after 37 days of administrative detention, a formal arrest warrant must be issued or the accused must be released. Sources state that the Beijing Haidian District prosecution office assigned to Shi’s case determined that they were unable to proceed with formal charges due to “insufficient evidence”. Regardless of the reasoning for Shi’s unconditional release, it is evident that international attention and pressure on the case were instrumental in influencing the court’s decision.

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