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In China, Tu Yuan, a Christian, was taken into custody of the public security bureau for nine months under the charge of “utilizing cults to sabotage law enforcement.” Tu’s case has been examined and submitted twice to China’s highest national level agency for prosecution and investigation, the Procuratorate. However, the court ruled insufficient evidence and forced them to investigate further. On July 10th, the so-called evidence for Tu’s case was submitted for a third time. Government officials are now accusing Tu of being affiliating with the Three Grades of Servants, a religious sect, which is considered a cult by the government. However, Tu has never even heard of this group. The prosecutor over Tu’s case believes she is innocent, but he does not have the authority to declare her innocence. Furthermore, investigators are receiving pressure from the government to find more evidence to prove Tu is guilty.

07/13/2017 China (China Aid)  – Public security bureau personnel in China’s southern Yunnan province transferred the case of a Christian woman to a local court yesterday, despite the prosecutor’s belief in the woman’s innocence.

Levying the charge of “utilizing cults to sabotage law enforcement,” officials took Tu Yan, a church member, from her hotel in Dali, Yunnan, last October and held her for nine months. During that time, public security bureau personnel examined the case and submitted evidence to the procuratorate twice for prosecution, but the court ruled it insufficient and ordered them to investigate further both times. The public security bureau re-submitted so-called “evidence” against her for a third time on July 10, and the prosecution process began again.

Ren Quanniu, Tu’s lawyer, told ChinaAid that he met with his client last week and that she said she hadn’t heard of the Three Grades of Servants, the religious sect—considered a cult by the Chinese government—that she is accused of affiliating with.

Recently, Tu’s sister, Tu Kui, and their father went to the detention center and tried to convince the procuratorate of her innocence. However, Ren says that the procuratorate is not actually responsible for the case.

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