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Chinese Pastor Convicted of Bible Selling to Get Second Trial

Chinese Pastor Cai Zhouwa, who had been convicted of "illegal business operation" after he distributed Bibles to Christians in China will undergo a second trial, according to China Aid Association.
( [email protected] ) Dec 04, 2005 12:35 AM EST

Chinese Pastor Cai Zhouwa, who had been convicted of "illegal business operation" after he distributed Bibles to Christians in China will undergo a second trial, according to China Aid Association.

The First Intermediate People's Court of Beijing will hold its first formal examination regarding his second trial on Wednesday, according to a report received by Pastor Cai's sister-in-law less than 48 hours before the scheduled date.

The report states that three well known rights attorneys will be representing Cai -- Gao Zhishen, Dr. Teng Biao, and Zhang Xingshui. China Aid Association also reports that the presiding judge in the case has denied a request by Dr. Biao to allow that attorneys be present in court during the examination. Dr. Biao told the judge that it would be illegal for his client to be questioned without his attorneys present.

In the past Cai had already been imprisoned for more than a year before he received a three year sentence for the Bible distribution.