House Church Christian Arrested for Homeschooling Allowed to Meet His Lawyer

08/20/2021 China (International Christian Concern) – A leader of the Xuncheng Reformed Church in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, who was arrested on charges of “unlawfully possessing items that advocate terrorism or extremism,” has finally been allowed to meet with his lawyer.

On July 20, Zhao Weikai, a house church member who chooses to homeschool his three children, was formally prosecuted the third time since May 2020. His home was raided in May by Taiyuan police officers without a warrant. Their computers, hard drives, and books were confiscated since he was accused of “committing religious deception.” He was put in detention for 15 days, while his wife Li Xin was released on the same day.

On July 7, Zhao was again arrested and placed under administrative detention for 15 days for the same accusation. Before he was released, the authorities slapped the new terrorism charge on him and continued his detainment.

Although on July 16 the detention center where Mr. Zhao is being kept denied his lawyers’ request to meet him, claiming that the case involved suspicion of ‘endangering national security,’ according to a twitter post shared by Chinese Christian familiar with his case, his lawyers were finally able to meet him in August.

The twitter user also said that Zhao is doing well in detention center. She asks Christians to continue to pray for Zhao and his family.

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