CHI­NESE CHRIS­TIAN PAS­TOR AND WIFE SEN­TENCED TO PRISON

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BEI­JING— A Chi­nese pas­tor who op­posed a govern­ment cam­paign to re­move crosses atop churches has been sen­tenced to 14 years in prison for il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing cor­rup­tion and dis­turb­ing so­cial or­der. His wife re­ceived 12 years for sim­i­lar crimes.

A court in east­ern Zhe­jiang Prov­ince on Fri­day sen­tenced Bao Guo­hua and his wife Xing Wenx­i­ang af­ter con­clud­ing they had il­le­gally or­ga­nized church­go­ers to pe­ti­tion the govern­ment and dis­turb so­cial or­der, ac­cord­ing to pro­vin­cial Zhe­jiang Daily news­pa­per. The cou­ple also was ac­cused of “trick­ing” mem­bers of its con­gre­ga­tion into do­nat­ing $ 336,000 that was spent on cars and other per­sonal pur­chases, it said. For the past two years, au­thor­i­ties have re­moved hun­dreds of crosses from churches in the prov­ince, where there is a large Chris­tian com­mu­nity, say­ing they vi­o­late build­ing codes.

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