Chinese Christian Woman Sentenced to 3 Years In Prison for Holding Bible Study

(PHOTO: REUTERS/THOMAS PETER) Believers attend a service at the unofficial catholic church in Majhuang village, Hebei Province, China, December 11, 2016.
(PHOTO: REUTERS/THOMAS PETER)
Believers attend a service at the unofficial catholic church in Majhuang village, Hebei Province, China, December 11, 2016.

A local court in China’s western Xinjiang sentenced a Christian woman to three years in prison on Friday for holding a Bible study.
Ma Huichao, who was taken into police custody along with four other Christians when officials claimed their Bible study met without government approval, stood trial in mid-November for “gathering a crowd to disturb public order.” Her lawyer, Li Dunyong was disallowed to plead innocent on her behalf, and she received a three-year prison sentence—which began today—on Dec. 30.

Ma does not plan to appeal.

China Aid reports abuses, such as those suffered by Ma Huichao, in order to stand in solidarity with persecuted Christians and promote religious freedom.

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SOURCE: ChinaAid