Chinese Pastor Released After Two and a Half Years in Prison

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(World Watch Monitor) — A Chinese pastor was released on Tuesday after being detained for two and a half years for “illegally possessing state secrets,” reports Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW).

Pastor Yang Hua of Huoshi Church (which means Living Stone), in the south-western province of Guizhou, was arrested in December 2015. He was sentenced a year later, in January 2017.

According to CSW, Pastor Hua is in urgent need of medical care for several health issues. …

While CSW welcomed the release of Pastor Hua, its chief executive Mervyn Thomas said “he should never have been convicted and sentenced in the first place.”

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