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Sellers of audio Bible players face court in China

Four Christians in China’s Guangdong province were arrested on the 2nd of July on charges of “illegal business operations” for selling Bible players. They are are now facing court.


On the 2nd of October, Shenzhen Bao’an People’s Procuratorate sentenced four Christians charged with various crimes. The procuratorate has also submitted the case to Bao’an People’s Court. On the 27th of November the court opened a court hearing at the Sixth Tribunal, with the second hearing scheduled for the 9th of December.

The audio Bible player selling company was founded in April 2011 in Shenzhen, a sub-provincial city in the southern province of Guangdong. While it is a legally established company that makes audio bible players, Chinese authorities do not necessarily need a reason in order to criminalise someone.

The hefty sentences against these Christians are used to scare other Christians so they would not dare to sell Bibles without going through state-sanctioned churches.


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