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Pastor Li Wanhua and church member, Ruan Haonan were wrongfully charged and imprisoned but were just released on one-year bail terms. The persecution started when Chinese officials banned the “Mengai House,” which is where their church, Fengle Church, holds events at Ruan’s house. Ruan was taken into custody for “organizing and using and evil cult to sabotage law enforcement.” Furthermore, the police tried to force Ruan to sign a document stating that he participated in cult activities, but when he refused, he was detained. Days later, Pastor Li was arrested on the same charges as Ruan. The day Li was arrested, both he and Ruan were interrogated for five hours, and Li was denied a lawyer when he asked for one. While the two have been released on bail, they have to abide by conditions for a year, which requires them to report every three months to the public security bureau and obtain permission before traveling.

07/20/2017 China (China Aid) – Authorities in China’s southern Guangdong province released two wrongly charged Christians on one-year bail terms on Thursday.

After being held arbitrarily for a month on falsified cult charges, Li Wanhua, the pastor of Fengle Church, and a member of his congregation, Ruan Haonan, were allowed to return home on one-year bail periods.

The persecution began when officials banned “Mengai House,” which hosts Christian events affiliated with Fengle Church at Ruan’s home. Because of his role in “Mengai House,” authorities took Ruan into custody for “organizing and using an evil cult to sabotage law enforcement.” The next day, the police tried to coerce Ruan to sign a document stating he participated in cult activities. Ruan refused, and he was criminally detained.

On June 14, government personnel seized Li and criminally detained him on the same charge.

The same day, Domestic Security Protection Bureau interrogated Ruan and Li for five hours. At the end of the questioning, an official asked Li if he had any requests, and Li asked to be able to hire a lawyer. The official told him he was not permitted to hire a lawyer and said that an attorney would be provided by the government if necessary. Li pointed out that this was a violation of his rights to a lawyer, which Chinese law guarantees.

After detaining Li, authorities confiscated 12 of his copies of the Bible, 48 copies of the Psalms, and more than 1,000 posters.

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