Authorities in Guizhou have sentenced Rev Yang Hua, a pastor at a Protestant house church, to two-and-a-half years in jail on spying charges, his defence attorney Chen said.
Yang’s defence team have accused local prosecutors of torturing Yang
in prison. "Even a day in jail is too much for an innocent person," Mr
Chen told Radio Free Asia.
"I have only one thing to say about this. This isn't a judgement:
it's persecution. This is a political case that has nothing to do with
the law or the truth," Chen added. "This is political persecution pure
llow Huoshi pastor Su Tianfu said the sentence was outrageous and
disproportionate. "I think Yang Hua is innocent, and yet they have
locked him up for such a long time," Su explained.
"From a legal point of view, the charges against pastor Yang just
don't stand up," he added. "How could he have revealed any state
"This is nothing but purely barbaric religious persecution," said Bob
Fu, founder of the US-based Christian rights group ChinaAid, on the
"We urge President Obama and president-elect Trump to unequivocally condemn this brutal act," he added.
China is home to an estimated 68 million Protestants, including 23 million who belong to state-affiliated churches.