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Following his arrest in 2001 for false accusations of committed rape, former leader of the South China Church (SCC) movement, Gong Shengliang, continues to suffer from a debilitating stroke incurred late last year, likely due to the grossly inhumane  conditions of his 12-year wrongful imprisonment. In an open letter addressed to Chinese President Xi Jinping, Shengliang’s daughter recently submitted a desperate appeal to the head of state to release her father on bail to receive urgent medical care. Shengliang was but one of a group of 17 Christians charged with the death sentence for Christian activities in 2001, all of which were reduced to sentences of varying amounts of prison time following international protests of both the arrests and subsequent sentencing. Continue to pray in support of Shengliang and his family, as both he and they fight for his life as he continues to suffer in the brutality of a broken Chinese prison system.
05/28/2013 China (Morning Star News) – Gong Shengliang, imprisoned in China since 2001 for his leadership of a large house church movement, is suffering from lack of medical treatment after suffering a stroke, according to his daughter.
In an open letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping published on the Websites of China Ministries International and China Aid Association, Gong Huali states that her father suffered a “cerebral infarction” (ischemic stroke) late last year that has rendered him unable to walk or speak.
“Because the complete absence of minimal medical care, his cerebral and cerebellum functions have been severely affected,” she wrote. “His life is in serious danger.”
The daughter of the former leader of the South China Church (SCC) movement, which reached 50,000 members before China banned it, wrote in the April 23 letter that she has asked officials in Hubei Province for him to be released on bail for urgent medical treatment.
“But, again and again, our petitions were completely ignored, without any reasonable response,” she writes. “It is very urgent for my father to have immediate medical treatment, otherwise he might die soon in the prison or remain disabled for life.”
Gong and 16 other Christians from the unregistered house church movement were arrested in August 2001, charged with leading an illegal “cult” and sentenced to death. International protests led to withdrawal of the death sentences and a new trial in October 2002. He was then sentenced to life for rape after police tortured female members of his church into testifying that he had raped them, according to the women’s later testimony.
“My father was arrested because of his faith in Jesus Christ by the Hubei government in 2001, and was charged with rape,” Gong Huali wrote. “Incredibly enough, the so-called ‘victim’ was also arrested, tortured, and sentenced to jail with harsh penalty.”
Pastor Gong was severely tortured after his arrest, and in prison he was located in a damp area the first two years, where he suffered from rheumatism and gastroenteritis, his daughter wrote.

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