HUAIBEI, Anhui (ChinaAid) — After deceiving a pastor into police custody, a recent report revealed that authorities in China’s eastern Anhui province formalized his arrest on May 18.
Charging him with “intentionally sabotaging public and private property,” government personnel formalized the arrest of the pastor of Caili Church, Chen Shixin, after keeping him in criminal detention for more than a month.
The conflict began when Chen filed a case to obtain part of a piece of land from a group of influential people in a neighboring district, who had illegally taken it from Jin Xingcai, the man with the initial rights to the plot. The church won the case, granting them about 7 acres, and they weeded it and removed some dead trees. Now, Jin is trying to reclaim his property free of charge.