Xu Shuang fu/Li Maoxing/Wang Jun

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 18th July 2006.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Labour, Stroud

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make representations to the Chinese government on the cases of (a) Xu Shuang fu, (b) Li Maoxing and (c) Wang Jun.

Photo of Kim Howells Kim Howells Minister of State (Middle East), Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Xu Shuangfu, Li Maoxing and Wang Jun are members of an unconventional underground Christian group, the Three Grades of Servants, who have been accused of murdering 20 leaders from a rival religious group. The information we have from non-governmental organisations gives a cautious assessment of the group's activities and status. We continue to monitor developments closely, but are unable to make representations to the Chinese Government on these cases until we receive evidence that their convictions are based on false grounds.

The Government have lobbied the Chinese Government in general terms to limit, and ultimately abolish, their use of the death penalty, and improve its provision of proper legal defence in criminal trials.

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