China sentences 2 members of banned cult

Zee News, India/April 20, 2010

Beijing: Two persons have been jailed in southern China after being convicted for indulging in activities of the banned Shijishen, or Real God, cult.

Chen Wenbin was sentenced to four years in jail and Li Juanlan to three years and six months, said an administrative director of the Beihu Procuratorate of Chenzhou City in Hunan Province.

Chen was the "life executive" responsible for all local cult activities.

"He managed the delivery of all promotional brochures, books and videos from Guangdong Province to Chenzhou City, where Li took over," the official was quoted as saying by the state-run news agency 'Xinhua'.

"Li, chief steward of the cult since October 2008, was in charge of the distribution of the materials and collected 4,000 to 5,000 yuan per month from cult members," the official said, adding that the pair were convicted and sentenced at the People's Court of Beihu on April 15.

The Shijishen cult was founded in 1993 in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province and was listed as a cult by China's central government in 1995.

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