China jails Protestant pastor for 9 years for ‘inciting’ subversion

31 December, 2019 12:00 AM printer

BEIJING: China on Monday jailed the leader of an unofficial Protestant church for nine years for “incitement to subvert state power”, reports AFP.

Pastor Wang Yi, whose Early Rain Covenant Church was the target of a government crackdown last year, was also found guilty of “illegal business operation” by a court in Chengdu, southwest China, according to an announcement on an official court website.

Wang was detained in December 2018 in a raid by authorities in which dozens of members of his “underground church” disappeared.