3 Church Leaders in China Are Sent to Prison for Life
After a new trial lasting less than two days, three leaders of an underground Christian church whose death sentences were overturned by an appeals court were resentenced today to life in prison.
In the unusual retrial, which followed a global outcry over China’s fierce suppression of the evangelical Protestant group, the previous charges of fomenting an “evil cult” were dropped.
The authorities have in several cases used rape charges to imprison religious leaders deemed to be a menace. …advocates abroad say that several women named as victims by the police had issued denials and said they had been tortured in police custody.