Chinese Lawyers Accused of ‘Illegally’ Defending 40 Christians Jailed for Being in ‘Cult’

Lawyers who represent dozens of Christians arrested in China could lose their legal certifications after they were accused of illegally defending their clients.

The Chinese Christian persecution watchdog group China Aid reported over the weekend that attorneys who represent 40 Christians arrested during a crackdown on so-called “cult” activities over the last year have been informed that their qualifications will come under the review of officials in China’s Yunnan province.

According to China Aid, over 200 people were arrested across Yunnan province for their alleged involvement in the religious organization Three Grades of Servants.

The TGS organization is one that has been deemed a cult by the Chinese Communist Party.

Out of those 200 arrested, 40 Christians remain entangled in the prosecution process.

“Just recently, local officials accused their lawyers of defending them illegally, even though 10 Christians in Chuxiong, Dali, and Xishuangbanna have yet to be tried and every Chinese person has the right to a lawyer,” a China Aid report explains. “Additionally, 13 Christians tried in Lincang in late November have yet to hear their verdict.”

Xiao Yunyan, one of the lawyers who is facing the government review, told China Aid that he and the other lawyers will continue representing their clients. He added that the lawyers are now working on a contingency plan.

Despite the charges, all of the detained Christians assert that they all believe in Christ.

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Source: Christian Post