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Monday December 31, 1:40 PM China sentenced five founders of an underground Protestant church to death, with two of the members of the South China Church given a two-year reprieve, court officials said.
His niece, Li Ying, 36, had also been given the death penalty with a two-year suspension for having printed and distributed, since 1994, 48 editions of the clandestine publication "Huanan Zhuankan" ("South China Special Issue"), with a total of 500,000 copies. Li was charged with having caused "intentional damage" and having committed a crime within an organised gang, the Center said.Under Chinese law death sentences with a reprieve will be commuted to life if the reprieve period is served with good behaviour.The South China Church is believed to have some 50,000 members across 10 provinces in China.
According to the rights center, the group was classified by China's Public Security Bureau in April as a "sect" after which the 17 members were arrested. At least 16 clandestine Protestant church groups are considered by Beijing to be "sects". In 1999, Liu Jiaguo, guru of the Zhushenjiao Church of the Supreme Spirit, was executed for rape in the province of Henan. His sect was said to have 100,000 followers.
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