Chinese authorities have sentenced ten followers of a heretic sect “Quannengshen” to up to 5 years in prison recently, according to state media.
The people were involved in four separate cases in Henan, Liaoning and Guangdong provinces, Xinhua news agency reported Wednesday. In Henan, five cult members have been convicted for fabricating written materials accusing the police of persecuting the Quannengshen followers.
The criminal charges also include spreading the cult doctrine.
Authorities have strengthened a crackdown on cult activities, especially the Quannengshen, after a 37-year-old mother was bashed to death by six cult members at a busy McDonald’s restaurant in Shandong province last week.
One of the suspects, Zhang Lidong, insisted he did no wrong after he was arrested. He claimed he was not afraid of legal sanctions as “god” told him the victim was a devil, CCTV reported last Friday.
According to Article 300 in China’s Criminal Law, whoever forms or uses superstitious sects to undermine the implementation of laws, or regulations of the state shall be sentenced to fixed-term imprisonment of not less than three years but not more than seven years. If the circumstances are especially serious, the person would get a jail term of not less than seven years.
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