Chinese Christian Bookstore Owner Re-Arrested

A bookstore owner in Beijing has been re-arrested for publishing Bibles and Christian literature after he had been released in January due to "insufficient evidence," according to Compass News Direct.

Shi Weihan, a 37-year-old father of two, was re-arrested March 19 and has been held without any family visits allowed, according to his wife, Zhang Jing. Shi was first arrested on Nov. 28, 2007, and held until Jan. 4.

His wife said she had received no word on her husband's condition, and had been prohibited from bringing him any food or change of clothing since his re-arrest. Zhang said she was "very concerned" about her husband's health, because he has diabetes.

According to Compass News, the arrest of Shi appears to be part of a crackdown on religious groups that the government fears could raise dissident voices during the Olympic Games set to begin in August.


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