Woman in China Killed for Distributing Bibles

BEIJING, JULY 5, 2004 (Zenit.org).- Vatican Radio reported the «brutal killing» in prison of a 34-year-old woman arrested in China for distributing Bibles.

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Jiang Zingxiu was imprisoned June 18 for distributing the Bibles to people on the streets of Guizhu province, in southwest China.

The woman died from the blows she received while in prison, Vatican Radio reported today.

The state-run newspaper Legal Daily reported that the woman was imprisoned for «inciting social disorders.»

Tan Dewei, Jiang’s mother-in-law, arrested with her daughter-in-law and then released, said that during the questioning the agents repeatedly struck Jiang.

The police handed the body over to the family, saying that Jiang died from a sudden attack.

AsiaNews said that China only allows a limited number of Bibles to be published each year. Bibles may not be sold in bookstores.

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