Saturday, 11 October 2014

China sentences two to death for cult-related murder

BEIJING: A Chinese court on Saturday sentenced two people to death and another to life imprisonment for beating a woman to death in a McDonald's outlet after they unsuccessfully tried to recruit her into their cult.

The Yantai Intermediate People's Court in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong announced the verdicts against Zhang Fan, her father Zhang Lidong, Lu Yingchun and two others, weeks after holding the trial.

The other two — sister of Zhang Fan and a female friend of Zhang Lidong — were jailed to 10 and seven years respectively.

The court said the five people murdered the woman one evening in May after she refused to give them her number so they could recruit new members for their "all-powerful spirit" cult. The cult claims Jesus has been resurrected as a Chinese woman.

Zhang Fan and her father Zhang Lidong both received death sentence, while Lu got life imprisonment and was the only one who protested the verdict in the courtroom.

China's supreme court must review and approve all death sentences handed out by trial courts. Intermediate People's Court,Chinese court

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