PU’ER, Yunnan (China Aid) — A court in China’s southern Yunnan province sentenced a North Carolina pastor to seven years in prison Friday and heavily fined him on a trumped up charge of “organizing illegal border crossing.” His colleague also received a one-year jail sentence and a fine.
John Cao, a North Carolina pastor well-respected for building 16 schools that service 2,000 impoverished minority children in Myanmar’s northern Wa State, and his co-worker, a Christian named Jing Ruxia, crossed the China-Myanmar border last March.
As a result, officials charged both of them with “organizing illegal border crossing,” even though they have crossed the border many times before with no previous issues.
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