|Yang Hua (left) sings at an outdoor|
service. (Photo: China Aid)
Reported in Chinese by Qiao Nong. Translated by Carolyn Song.
(Guiyang, Guizhou—Oct. 26, 2016) A prominent house church pastor from China's southern Guizhou province might be tried as early as this month, his lawyers recently claimed.
On September 30, a pre-trial meeting was held for Yang Hua, a pastor of Huoshi Church who is currently being held on a falsified "divulging state secrets" charge. His two attorneys, Chen Jiangang and Zhao Yonglin, attended the meeting, during which plans were made for his hearing. The judge ordered that no details of the case be disclosed, since it involves state secrets. This caused the lawyers concern that they might be subject to various restrictions.
Additionally, Chen and Zhao requested that all illegal evidence be excluded from the case. They are currently awaiting a reply.
Yang’s wife, Wang Hongwu, told a China Aid reporter on Oct. 1 that, “Yesterday, Lawyer Chen called me. I did not see the two lawyers, but they called me after they saw Yang Hua. They said that they had already seen Yang Hua, that he is not in good health, and to pray for him. I asked Lawyer Chen about how this case is progressing. He said the hearing might begin after National Day [Oct. 1]. I now know that Yang Hua has been diagnosed with fatty liver disease while in the detention center, with his liver region being very painful. The detention center won’t take him for treatment, and he has scabies all over his body.”
In view of the current deterioration of Yanghua’s health, Chen said he filed a bail application with the court.
China Aid exposes abuses, such as those suffered by Yang Hua, in order to stand in solidarity with persecuted Christians and promote religious freedom in China.