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Published:March 7th, 2008 04:58 EST

China frees Christian 'Evil Cult' Leaders

By SOP newswire

Henan, China-- CAA has learned that House Church leader Bai Cheng and his coworker sister Zhang Yu were released from their detention at 10pm, March, 6 (Beijing Time). Both of them were detained on January 29th when they led a Bible study with a group of young people. They were accused as 'suspects of Evil Cult the Shouter Group" members. Mr. Bai Cheng and sister Zhang Yu were released when prosecutors determined there was insufficient evidence to convict them of the charge of "evil cult membership". The Chinese government designated the Shouter Group ( founded by Rev. Witness Li ) as one of the 14 national "Evil Cults". International attention brought to the case as well as legal funding by CAA played a major role in the Government's decision to release the two Christians. Bai Cheng received his higher education in 1990s in the United States and was on the process to receive his permanent US resident status before his detention.

Both of the released Christians are safely at home and in good condition. They ask CAA to thank the international community for their help and efforts.

"We welcome the release of these two innocent house church Christian leaders," said Bob Fu, "We hope the sincere prayers for Beijing Olympics by millions of Christians in China and abroad can enable the Chinese government to realize that House Church Christians are not a threat to the stability of Chinese society but a positive force for love and justice."

Issued by CAA on March 7, 2008

Christian Newswire