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12/01/2020 China (International Christian Concern) – The four Christians in China’s Guangdong province: Fu Xuanjuan, Deng Tianyong, Han Li, and Feng Qunhao, who were arrested on July 2 on charges of “illegal business operations” for selling Bible players are now facing court.

According to China Aid, on October 23, Shenzhen Bao’an People’s Procuratorate charged the four Christians with varying degrees of sentences. As the general manager and executive director of Life Tree Culture Communication Co., the suggested sentence for Fu is five years; Deng as the company’s supervisor is three years with fine; Feng as the technician also three years with fine, while Han as the accountant 18 months with fine.

The procuratorate has already submitted the case to Bao’an People’s Court. On November 27, the court opened a court hearing at the Sixth Tribunal, with the second hearing scheduled for December 9.

The four are currently detained in Bao’an District Detention Center.

The audio Bible player selling company was founded in April 2011 in Shenzhen, a sub-provincial city in the southern province of Guangdong. While it is a legally established company that makes audio bible players, in China, if the government wants to criminalize you, it does not need a reason. The hefty sentences against these Christians are used to scare other Christians so they would not dare to sell Bibles without going through state-sanctioned churches.

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