31 Jan '16, 7am

Leading China pastor probed for suspicion of embezzling funds - church authorities

BEIJING: One of China's leading Christian pastors Gu Yuese is being probed for suspicion of embezzling funds, state-backed church authorities in Zhejiang province said, a move that comes after the pastor opposed a campaign to remove crosses from atop churches. "We feel deeply shocked and filled with regret," the government-backed Hangzhou Christian Council said in a statement on its website regarding Gu's investigation, adding that the investigation was due to his individual conduct. The Council gave no further details of the charges or evidence against Gu in its post late on Friday night. It said it had been notified by a "relevant department", but did not say who was conducting the investigation. Police in Hangzhou did not immediately respond to calls for comment. Gu could not be reached for comment. Zhejiang, on China's eastern coast, is known for its large Christian po...

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