Zhang Shanshan, the daughter of imprisoned pastor Zhang Shaojie, has reportedly been detained by Chinese authorities; it is believed that Zhang Shanshan is being held in a hotel against her will.
Pastor Zhang was arrested in November 2013 for allegedly gathering a crowd which disrupted public order and committing fraud. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison in July at a trial that was not announced to his lawyers; American officials have called for his release.
Zhang’s daughter was reportedly taken into custody on Wednesday (Nov. 5) by unidentified men. A text that Zhang Shanshan sent her husband Hua CheeChuan read, “Nanle Hotel, help me!”
Hua believes Zhang Shanshan was detained to prevent her from speaking about her father’s wrongful imprisonment.
"They try to cover up the ugly things in the country, and they don't want the outside world to know what is going on in China," he said.
"So I think that's why they've arrested them, and put them somewhere else."
Publication date: November 6, 2014