John Cao, US Pastor Imprisoned in China, Has Appeal Hearing Delayed for 4th Time as His Health Deteriorates

Pastor John Cao, a US permanent resident from Greensboro, North Carolina, has been incarcerated in a Chinese prison for almost two years after being convicted and sentenced by a Chinese court without any evidence against him. Now comes word that the trial court has postponed Cao’s appeal hearing for the fourth time and the pastor’s health is failing.

According to the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), the postponement violates Cao’s right to due process, a fair trial and equal treatment under the law.

As CBN News reported, last March Cao was sentenced to seven years in prison for “organizing others to illegally cross the border” — a crime more commonly applied to human traffickers.

Cao and a fellow Christian teacher were arrested after coming back into China from neighboring Myanmar. They had been volunteering to teach at 16 schools in northern Myanmar which serve more than 2,000 students. Cao had been ferrying back and forth across a river which divides the countries for more than three years without any problems from either government.

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Source: CBN