Prominent House Church Leader Arrested

August 26, 2005

According to the China Aid Association (CAA), state security agents have arrested Cai Zhuohua, a prominent leader of the underground Protestant church, and three of his relatives. Cai was a minister to six underground congregations in the Beijing area. Cai’s arrest took place on September 11.

CAA also reports that Chinese authorities discovered about 200,000 copies of the Bible and other Christian literature in a storage room managed by Cai, and indicates that Cai may have been connected to an overseas-based Christian website, CAA has received reports that Cai’s case has been handled directly by the Department of State Security, and that he will probably receive an extremely harsh sentence.