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China jails members of banned Mentuhui/Disciples Sect amid religion crackdown

“China has jailed members of what the government calls a cult for causing deaths, organizing the group and illegally collecting money, state media said on Tuesday, part of a crackdown on what Beijing views as dangerous religious movements… The official Xinhua news agency on Tuesday said Yao Xiangzhi, a member of Mentuhui, or “Disciples Sect” in the central province of Hubei, caused the death of another cult member by denying him freedom, food and drink for a week while people prayed for his recovery from schizophrenia. Yao was also found guilty of organizing a cult and was jailed for three years. Mentuhui, which was classified as a cult by the government in the 1990s, was also accused of illegally collecting 40 million yuan ($6 million) between 2011 and 2014 through donations and businesses, Xinhua reported… It was not immediately possible to reach representatives of the religious group or lawyers for those found guilty for comment.” (Thomson Reuters Foundation, Reuters, 09/27/16) [IT 8.1]