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Formal Court Date set for Persecuted Uyghur Christian Alimujiang Yimiti; CAA President Bob Fu Responds to Controversial Remarks Made by Evangelist Franklin Graham

Contact: Daniel Burton, China Aid Association, Inc., 432-689-6985, info@ChinaAid.org; www.chinaaid.org, www.monitorchina.org

XINJIANG, May 14 /Christian Newswire/ -- CAA has learned that the case against persecuted Uyghur Christian Alimujiang Yimiti has progressed. A Kashi court has given formal notice that the case will be in session on May 27. The court proceedings will take place using the Uyghur language and will be interpreted in Chinese. A rumor originating from government officials of Kashi Region, is that a six year sentence has already been decided internally by the court. Mr. Yimiti's wife Gulinuer and their two children hope the case will be judged justly and will result in Mr. Yimit's unconditional release. 
 
Photo: Mr. Yimiti's Wife, Gulinuer and their two Children

CAA President Bob Fu strongly urges the Xinjiang and Beijing governments to pay close attention to this case and to release Mr. Yimiti immediately in order to improve international relations and human rights within China. CAA also expresses its concern that Mr. Yimiti receives a fair trial within a court system that seems to have predetermined his sentence prior to trial.
 
In response to Mr. Franklin Graham's offensive and inappropriate comments concerning his opposition to evangelism during the Beijing Olympic Games, Mr. Fu stated: "The Chinese Christians are law-abiding, patriotic citizens, but when an unjust law demands them to go against their faith and Jesus' teaching of the Great Commission, they can not and will not succeed to a 'faith moratorium' in order to please an atheistic government during the Olympic Games, even if that means enduring imprisonment and torture. Mr. Graham's comment is a deep offense to hundreds of House Church prisoners and their family members. "
 
To express your concern, please contact:
 
Chinese Embassy in Washington DC
Address: 2201 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W., Washington D.C. 20007
Tel: (202) 338-6688, (202)5889760
Fax: (202) 588-9760
 
Kashi Region Nationality and Religious Affairs Committee Chief Director/ Wang Chun Fu- 0998-2823681 (Secretary of CCP)
 
To Voice your concern over Mr. Franklin Graham's Comments, please contact:
www.billygraham.org/
 
Issued by CAA May 14, 2008