Detained Since: July 2, 2017
Charges: Organizing and using a “Xie Jiao” (heterodox teachings) organization to undermine law enforcement.
Sentence: Nine years in prison and a fine of $4,500.
Biography: Mo Xiufeng joined the Church of Almighty God, a Christian denomination with roots in China, in 2012. She and her husband lived in Lishui, Zhejiang Province, where she served as a Church leader.
On July 2, 2017, plainclothes policemen from the National Security Brigade of the Public Security Bureau in Lishui City entered Mo’s apartment, confiscated several books and electronic files containing Church of Almighty God teachings, and took Mo and her husband for interrogation. 11 other members of the Church were arrested the same day. For 18 days, the police sought to force her to relinquish her beliefs while questioning her about the identities of other Church members and the location of Church assets. She was subjected to sleep deprivation and torture during this time.
Mo and other Church leaders were charged with “organizing and using a “Xie Jiao” organization to undermine law enforcement. She was sentenced to nine years in prison and fined about 4,500 US dollars in March 2018.