Pastor, Builder of Schools, Nets 7-Year Sentence in China

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Pastor John Cao built schools for more than 2,000 children in China before his imprisonment in the Yunnan province based on charges of illegal border crossings. (China Aid photo)

The Christian Post – China announced it upholds a North Carolina pastor’s seven-year prison sentence for so-called, “organizing illegal border crossings” — a crime more commonly applied to human traffickers — despite his appeal.

Pastor John Cao, who along with a fellow Christian teacher, allegedly crossed the China-Myanmar border last March, filed an appeal for being wrongfully convicted in 2018. After postponing Cao’s hearing several times, a court in China’s Yunnan province announced July 25 its decision to uphold the sentence, persecution watch group International Christian Concern reported.

The court was surrounded by a heavy police presence, according to China Aid, which also noted that Cao’s 83-year-old mother, his sister and their lawyer were allowed to hear the verdict.

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