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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Thursday, April 08, 2004

Bishop Arrested

Press Release 03/04/04:

Reigion in China "Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.A. Bishop JIA ZhiGuo, the underground Roman Catholic Bishop of Zheng Ding, Hebei, was arrested on April 5, 2004. A car with four government security policemen suddenly appeared at the bishops residence at approximately 1:30 pm local time and took him away. When asked why the bishop was taken away, the police answered that they were carrying out the order from their superior. We have no idea where he was taken and have no other details

Bishop JIA is 69 years old and was ordained a bishop in 1980. He was previously arrested on April 20, 2002 and was previously in jail for about 20 years."