CHINA – Sichuan Church Condemns Forced Lawyer Appointment | Persecution

Aug. 12, 2019 | International Christian Concern

Imprisoned Pastor Wang Yi Continues to Face Legal Persecution

International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on August 10, Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC) in Sichuan issued an emergency statement regarding the government’s planned appointment of lawyers for the church’s imprisoned senior pastor, Wang Yi. Through various channels, ERCC has been informed that officials in Chengdu are planning to bypass the lawyers appointed by Pastor Wang Yi and forcibly assign other lawyers, including Christian lawyers, to defend him.

In the statement, ERCC said, “According to Pastor Wang Yi’s public statement before his arrest, he does not accept, recognize, and even condemned the consistent acts and performance of these officially appointed lawyers.”

“He does not accept any appointed lawyers who are not assigned by him or his direct family members,” the statement added.