China Court Refuses Release Christian Bookstore Owner

Friday, April 17, 2009 | Tag Cloud

Worthy News Asia Service

BEIJING, CHINA (Worthy News) -- Chinese Christian Shi Weihan, the owner of a Christian bookstore and a well-known house church leader, remained detained Friday, April 17, after a Beijing court refused to immediately rule on his future, trial observers said.

Shi, who has been detained since last year on charges of "illegal distribution of Bibles and Christian literature," faced the Haidian District Court on April 9, said advocacy group China Aid Association (CAA).

Other judges ruled on two occasions that Shi was "innocent," but one of China's main law enforcement agencies, the Public Security Bureau (PSB) refused to release him from a Beijing detention, according to local Christians and rights groups.

During the latest hearing, "His attorney Zhang Xingshui made a three-hour defense of Shi Weihan's innocence," said CAA. The lawyer stressed, his client's "acts did not constitute a crime, because he was not engaged in illegal business" and he did "not disturb the social or market order," the group added, apparently citing court records.


CAA said Shi Weihan’s wife Zhang Jing, his parents, and three friends were allowed to attend the trial. "They were able to make eye contact with him and nod, but otherwise they were not allowed to communicate."

CAA quoted them as saying that he appeared "thin, but healthy".

Chinese police reportedly brought no new evidence, but stressed their concerns over the alleged “printing of illegal books.”

The judge previously refused to convict Shi Weihan. Lawyer Zhang Xingshui said in published remarks that under China's criminal law, if convicted, Shi Weihan’s could face up to fours years imprisonment if convicted.

Zhang said the court is required to issue a verdict within 45 days.

Chinese government has denied rights abuses, but claims it upholds the laws of the land. Authorities say Christians are free to worshop within government backed churches. There are up to 130 million Christians in China.

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1 thought on “China Court Refuses Release Christian Bookstore Owner”

  1. Tears

    "But if ye will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret places for your pride; and mine eye shall weep sore, and run down with tears, because the LORD's flock is carried away captive." Jeremiah 13:17


    "My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?" Psalms 42:3

    Tears And Joy

    "They that sow in tears shall reap in joy."
    "He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him." Psalms 126:5-6

    Oh LORD My God Turn China

    "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." John 3:36

    That They Might Believe In The LORD Jesus Christ

    "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
    "For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved."
    "He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." John 3:16-18

    That They Might Have Life And That They Might Have It More Abundantly

    That They Will Be Blessed Beloved Of The KING OF KINGS


    Love, Joe

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