Monday, April 12, 2010

Prisoners and Lawyers

Prisoners:

Yang Rongli (杨荣丽)
    * Age:  51
    * Hometown: Yaodu District, Linfen City, Shanxi

As the head pastor of the Linfen Church Network in Shanxi, Yang Rongli is well-known in Shanxi. On November 25, 2009, she was severely sentenced to 7 years in prison with a fine of 30,000 Yuan.



Wang Xiaoguang (王晓光)
    * Age: 56
    * Hometown: Yaodu District, Linfen City, Shanxi

Known for his preaching and strong faith, Wang Xiaoguang helped lead the Linfen Church in Shanxi. On November 25, 2009, he was sentenced to 3 years in prison and fined 10,000 Yuan.



Yang Xuan (杨旋)
    * Age: 54
    * Hometown: Huozhou City, Shanxi

Yang Xuan led the construction for Jindengtai, the prominent “Golden Lampstand Church” in Linfen City. Well-known for his preaching and leadership, Yang Xuan became a target for church persecution. On November 25, 2009, he was sentenced to 3 ½ years in prison and fined 20,000 Yuan.


Yang Caizhen (杨才珍)
    * Age: 55
    * Hometown: Linfen City, Shanxi

Wife of pastor Yang Xuan, Yang Caizhen supported her husband’s ministry by giving up a successful medical career to help in the Linfen House Church and care for her family. On November 30, 2009, she and 4 other church members were arbitrarily sentenced to 2 years Re-education through Labor. The women are being held at the Taiyuan Female Re-Education through Labor Camp, known for producing cigarettes.


Zhang Huamei (张花梅)
    * Age: 50
    * Hometown: Fushan County, Linfen City, Shanxi

A faithful leader in the Linfen Church, Zhang Huamei helped organize special church activities, and worked in various ministries of the church. On November 25, 2009, she was sentenced to 4 years in prison. Her lawyer fears she has been beaten for witnessing to fellow prisoners.


Cui Jiaxing (崔家兴)
    * Age44
    * HometownYaodu District, Linfen City, Shanxi

Cui Jiaxing’s served the Linfen Church by managing church finances, and helping with the distribution of funds to members according to need. On November 25, 2009, he was charged with unlawfully occupying land and tax evasion, and was sentenced to 5 ½ years in prison, with a 50,000 Yuan fine.



Lawyers:

Attorney Zhang Kai returned from his advocacy tour in the U.S. to defend client Zhang Huamei.










Attorney Li Fangping also returned from the U.S. to taken on defense in the Linfen Church case.

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