Wife of Early Rain Covenant Church Pastor Released on Bail Six Months After Arrest by Chinese Officials

CHENGDU, Sichuan (ChinaAid)  Jiang Rong, the wife of Early Rain Covenant Church Pastor Wang Yi, has been released on bail, six months after vanishing into China’s prison system.

Jiang and Wang were initially seized on the night of Dec. 9 as authorities conducted a mass, overnight arrest of their church members. By the end of the week, more than 150 Early Rain Covenant Church members had been taken into custody.

After that, Wang and Jiang disappeared, and Jiang was later confirmed to be under a secretive, unofficial form of incarceration called “residential surveillance at a designated location.” Inmates held in this manner are incarcerated in clandestine places instead of state-run prisons and are often subjected to torture.

Both Wang and Jiang received falsified “inciting subversion of state power” charges shortly after entering custody.

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