Six members of outlawed cult given prison terms
Abstract：The British Daily Mail (dailymail.co.uk) quoted by Beijing (AFP) reported on December 27,2014. China's western city of Lanzhou has jailed six members of a fringe religious group known as “Almighty God” for up to five years for promoting their faith.The court said their activities“seriously disturbed social order and the work of state agencies”They were each sentenced to between three and five years in jail.
SIX members of a religious group known as “Almighty God” have been sent to prison for up to five years for promoting their faith.
China has cracked down hard on the group, whose members believe that Jesus was reincarnated as a Chinese woman, detaining and imprisoning thousands since labeling it a “cult” in the 1990s.
The court in Lanzhou, capital of northwest China’s Gansu Province, said their activities “seriously disturbed social order and the work of state agencies,” Xinhua news agency said .
The six were found to have held fund-raising events and promotional activities, Xinhua said.
They were each sentenced to between three and five years in prison.
A court in October sentenced two members of Almighty God to death for beating a woman to death at a McDonald’s restaurant in east China’s Shandong Province. The incident prompted a renewed crackdown on Almighty God, though the group on its official website distanced itself from the pair.
The movement’s founder is reported to have fled to the United States.
Almighty God has told members that a “female Jesus” called on members to overthrow the Party, which it refers to as “the big red dragon.”