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Court in China rejects appeal of sellers of audio Bible players

Rights group International Christian Concern said it has become increasingly difficult to purchase a Bible online or through private sellers in China

The Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court in Guangdong province has rejected the appeal of three people who were found guilty of selling audio Bible players in 2020.

The court said that “after investigation” and “based on the testimonies of the appellant and the defendants … it is confirmed” that the accused “illegally sold audio players with Bible or other religious content.”

The three Christian employees at Life Tree in China’s Guangdong province — Fu Xuanjuan, Deng Tianyong, and Feng Qunhao — were arrested on July 2, 2020, on charges of “illegal business operations” for selling audio Bible players.

A report by China Aid said Fu was sentenced to five years; Deng, three years with fine; Feng, also three years with fine.

Rights group International Christian Concern said that with China’s latest crackdown against Christians, “it has become increasingly difficult to purchase a Bible online or through private sellers.”

The group said one must go to the state-vetted Three Self churches to purchase Bibles while those who sell Bibles without authorization are hit with fines or incarceration.

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