Guiyang house church elder to be released after detention
International Christian Concern (ICC) reports that an elder from a house church in China’s Guizhou was detained after local authorities conducted a raid at his church on the 16th of March. He was supposed to be released on the 28th of March, yet his wife was not able to bring him home.
Several members of Guiyang Ren’ai Reformed Church were having a Bible study at a rented room in Wenzhou Hotel, when the police stormed in and accused them of organising an illegal gathering. The police checked their IDs and cell phones, before taking some of them to the local police station.
In the early morning that day, elder Zhang Chunlei from the church went to the police station to negotiate his members’ release but was detained himself. On the 17th of March, the police went to Zhang’s house and confiscated his computer, cell phone, and some valuables. His wife Yang Ai-Qing was notified of his administrative detention which would last fourteen days (later changed to eleven days).
While the other three Christians from his church were released after three days of administrative detention, when Zhang’s wife Yang went to pick him up on the 28th of March, the police told her that he had already been sent elsewhere for investigation.
On the 29th of March, the police notified Yang that her husband is now being criminally detained. As for how long and under what charge, it is still unknown.