Lawyers Predict Trial for Prominent Chinese House Church Pastor Within Month

Hua-compressedGUIYANG, Guizhou (China Aid) — According to his lawyers, Yang Hua, a house church pastor charged with divulging state secrets, could stand trial as soon as this month. Yang has been detained in China’s Guizhou Province for more than eight months.

Yang Hua, the commonly used pseudonym of Li Guozhi, served as a pastor for the frequently persecuted Huoshi Church until he was detained by authorities on Dec. 9, 2015. What was originally slated as two consecutive five-day detentions was extended on Dec. 20, when he was accused of “illegally possessing state secrets.” The charge was intensified to “divulging state secrets” on Jan. 22, when Yang was formally arrested.

One of Yang’s attorneys, Zhao Yonglin, was allowed to meet with him on Aug. 5 and discovered that the Nanming District Procuratorate had submitted a videotape to the court as evidence in the case.

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