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Inner Mongolia Court Impedes Lawyers from Reading Files of Jailed Bible Sellers

Inner Mongolia Court Impedes Lawyers from Reading Files of Jailed Bible Sellers

01/14/2022 China (International Christian Concern) – On January 11, four Christian lawyers came to Hohhot, the capital of Inner Mongolia, to indicate that they had been commissioned by four Christians to handle their “illegal business operations” case to Huimin People’s Court. However, the four lawyers were notified that the case will open on January 17.

Given the short turnaround, it would be impossible for Fang Xiangui, Zhu Shujin, Zhao Qingshan, and Yuan Mao to read the 123 files and learn about the case thoroughly in time. They immediately protested to Judge Han Yanjie, hoping that the court would guarantee sufficient time for them to read the materials pursuant to law.

Judge Han responded that the court has already made all the preparation, including assigning judicial police and arranging court hearings, so she rejected their demand to postpone the trial.

After a long debate with Judge Han and the presiding judge, the four lawyers knew that their request would not be granted. In response, they turned to social media to protest the violation of their lawyer rights by tagging several WeChat accounts belonging to the government, which will likely be ignored.

According to China Aid, Wang Honglan, her husband, her second son, and daughter-in-law of her eldest son were arrested in April 2021 for selling Bibles. They were accused of “illegal business operations.” The procuratorate suggested a 15-year sentence for Wang Honglan, who is 66 years old.

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