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Chinese pastor's sentence: 14 years for resisting removal of cross

February 26, 2016

A Chinese Protestant pastor has been sentenced to a 14-year prison term after resisting the removal of a cross from his church building, the AsiaNews service reports.

Rev. Bao Guohoa hired a team of lawyers to fight the demolition in June 2015. He was arrested along with several members of the congregation of the Church of Holy Love. Soon after the arrest, government officials charged that he and his wife had misappropriated church funds and were "leading a luxurious life." A court in Jinhua, in the eastern Zhejiang province, sentenced him for "embezzlement, disturbance of public order, illegal commercial activities, concealment of financial documents and invoices."

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