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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Criminal Justice Quote: Church of Almighty God Cult Members Executed in China For Murder

     Two people have been executed in China following their convictions for a brutal, cult-related murder in a McDonald's restaurant in May 2014…The two cult members, father and daughter Zhang Lidong and Zhang Fan, were executed in east China's Shandong Province on Monday February 2, 2015 following the approval of the use of the death penalty by the Supreme People's Court. The pair had been convicted of committing intentional homicide in the province's Zhaoyuan City.

     The convicted duo attacked and killed a 37-year-old woman, Wu Shuoyan after she refused to give the cult members her phone number during a recruitment drive in the fast-food restaurant. The pair, along with three other people convicted in the attack--including two church members of the Zhang family--belonged to the Church of Almighty God, or "Quannengshen."

     Linked to kidnappings, violence and extortion, the Church of Almighty God has been on a list of 14 banned religious groups, issued by China's Ministry of Public Security, since 1995.

     The three other members of the cult involved in the murder were sentenced in October 2014 to prison terms ranging from seven years to life. Zhang Fan and Lyu, another member of the group, called the victim an "evil spirit" before Zhang bludgeoned her with a chair, then jumped on and stomped her head….

"China Executes Cult Members Guilty of McDonald's Murder," CNN, February 2, 2015 

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