Alimujiang Yimiti

Held 5,036 days  Arrested February 2008 in China

Update June 12, 2014

A VOM worker recently visited Alimujiang's wife. Gulinuer and her two children are only allowed to visit Alimujiang for 15 minutes every three months. She told VOM that her husband has lost a lot of weight and looks pale, but he is doing well spiritually. She said he needs prayer for prison life, since he encounters many who are antagonistic.

She requested prayer for her children, who have suffered during her husband’s long imprisonment. She said her 8-year-old is always dreaming about when his dad gets out. Her oldest son has lost hope and is sad and discouraged. She also asked us to pray the local Uyghur church will stand firm and that more people will come to the Lord.

Update June 4, 2014

A VOM worker recently visited Alimujiang's wife. Gulinuer and her two children are only allowed to visit Alimujiang for 15 minutes every three months. She told VOM that her husband has lost a lot of weight and looks pale, but he is doing well spiritually. She said he needs prayer for prison life, since he encounters many who are antagonistic.

She requested prayer for her children, who have suffered during her husband’s long imprisonment. She said her 8-year-old is always dreaming about when his dad gets out. Her oldest son has lost hope and is sad and discouraged.

Update October 7, 2013

Alimujiang has been blessed with a healthy body in prison. Pray that he will be strong and that he will have patience and hope. Pray for those with him. Pray he is not punished or mistreated mentally or physically.

Pray also for his children. His 14-year-old son has been weeping for his father, not understanding how this could happen to their family. He cannot stand the possibility that his father might still be in prison after he graduates from university someday. Also keep Aluminjiang's 7-year-old daughter in prayer.

Please continue to write letters. Sources close to the family say these letters have been an incredible encouragement. They are blessed by the notes and scriptures.

Update July 1, 2013

A VOM contact recently met Alimujiang Yimiti in prison and reported that he was doing well. He's been imprisoned since February 2008. Continue to pray for him, his wife and two sons, and the church body he left behind.

Update January 31, 2013

Prison officials informed Alimujiang's wife, Gulinuer, that her monthly visits to the prison were being reduced to one visit every three months.

Gulinuer went to visit her husband on Jan. 23, but was denied entry. Their last meeting in November 2012 lasted just 15 minutes. Since then, she has only spoken to her husband once by phone, on New Year's Day.

Gulinuer believers the prison authorities' decision could be connected to her husband's current appeal. His lawyer believers the restrictions are illegal, since the normal allowance for prison visits is once per month.

Update August 25, 2010

On July 13, the family of Uyghur house-church leader, Alimujiang Yimiti, was permitted to visit him for 20 minutes, according to China Aid Association. Yimiti’s family was relieved to see him alive, as guards had repeatedly refused to allow them visits in recent weeks. During their meeting, Alimujiang confirmed that he had received his wife’s letters. Please continue sending letters of encouragement and let Yimiti know you are praying for him. Let your friends know about Christians suffering in China and encourage them to pray and write to him as well.

Your letters make a difference and can result in shorter prison sentences for those accused. Write and pray today!

Update August 6, 2010

Imprisoned Uyghur pastor Alimujiang Yimiti, who was finally allowed to visit with his family in recent months, has been denied further visits, according to China Aid Association. Alimujiang’s mother, wife and children were allowed to meet with him in April for the first time in two years. In May, they were permitted a second meeting for 20 minutes. However, authorities have since demanded that Alimujiang’s wife and mother bring a letter to each meeting, stamped by local police, verifying their relationship to him. Please send a letter of encouragement to let Alimujiang know you are praying for him. Tell your friends about Christian persecution in China, and encourage them today!

Update May 20, 2010

On April 20, the family of Uyghur house church leader Alimujiang Yimiti was allowed to visit with him for the first time since his arrest in January 2008, according to China Aid Association. The family reported that Alimujiang was noticeably thinner but in good spirits. Please send a letter of encouragement to let Yimiti know you are praying for him. Tell your friends about Christians suffering in China, and encourage them to pray and write to him as well.

Your letters make a difference and can result in shorter prison sentences for those accused. Write to Yimiti and let him know you are praying.

Update April 20, 2010

On March 16, The People’s High Court of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region rejected an appeal from Uyghur house-church leader Alimujiang Yimiti, according to ChinaAid Association. In October 2009, Alimujiang was sentenced to 15 years in prison for “providing state secrets to overseas organizations.” Please send a letter of encouragement to Alimujiang, letting him know you are praying for him. Also pray for his persecutors. Tell your friends about Christians suffering in China, and encourage them to pray for and write to Alimujiang. Your letters can result in shorter prison sentences for those accused. Write to Alimujiang and encourage our Chinese brother.

Update January 6, 2010

Alimujiang Yimiti, a Chinese house church leader, has already been in prison for more than two years. On Nov. 7, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison for “providing state secrets to overseas organizations,” according to China Aid Association. Neither his lawyers nor his family expected such a harsh sentence. Please send Yimiti a letter of encouragement to let him know you are praying for him. Tell your friends about Christians who are suffering in China, and encourage them to pray for and write to Yimiti.

Your letters make a difference; they can result in shorter prison sentences for those accused. Write to Yimiti and let him know you are praying.

Update May 12, 2009

Uyghur Christian, Alimujiang Yimiti, is seriously sick in prison and there are concerns he is not receiving adequate medical attention, according to China Aid Association. On March 31, Alimujiang was seen with his hands bound being roughly escorted by police and a prison doctor. He shouted, "I'm sick. Tell my lawyer to come quickly to see me."

We encourage you to continue praying and writing to Yimiti. He has been strengthened by the prayers of believers like you. Also, write to the Chinese government requesting he be released.Send this e-mail to others who have a heart for persecuted believers and encourage them to write as well. Pray and write today!


Prisoner Details

In September 2007 Chinese government officials closed Alimujiang Yimiti’s business and accused him of using it as a cover up for “preaching Christianity among people of Uyghur ethnicity.” He was later arrested in January 2008 and accused of “subversion of the national government and endangering national security,” a crime punishable by death.

Alimujiang, a former Muslim, became a Christian more than 10 years ago and has been an active Christian in the growing Uyghur church.

On May 27, Alimujiang’s case went to trial. His case was referred back to the Chinese Public Security Bureau’s prosecutors due to “insufficient evidence.” He remains in custody.

A Brief Overview of the Case:

On Sept. 13, 2007, the Kashi Municipal Bureau for Ethnic and Religious Affairs of Xinjiang stated: “Since 2002, Alimujiang Yimiti has been engaging, in the name of employment, in activities of illegal religious infiltration which include preaching Christianity among the people of Uyghur ethnicity, distributing religious materials and converting Christians.”

However, on Jan. 12, 2008, the Kashi Municipal Public Security Bureau placed Alimujiang on criminal detention on the two charges of “suspicion of inciting people to secede from China” and “illegally providing state secrets to foreigners.” On Feb. 20, he was formally arrested.

On Aug. 6, 2009, the Kashi District Intermediate Court secretly sentenced Alimujiang to 15 years imprisonment on the charge of “illegally providing state secrets to foreign nationals.”

It was not until Oct. 27 that the court in Kashi notified Alimujiang’s wife, Gulinuer, and his lawyer of the sentence. Alimujiang appealed.

On March 6, 2010, the Higher People’s Court of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region tried the case in private, refusing to let the lawyer appear in court. They upheld the ruling from the Kashi District Intermediate Court, sentencing Alimujiang to 15 years of imprisonment and depriving him of political rights for five years.

On April 12, 2010, Alimujiang’s wife Gulinuer got a phone call notifing her that Alimujiang had been transferred from Kashi Detention Center to serve his sentence in No. 3 Prison of Xinjiang in Urumqi.

In Nov. 2010, the Higher People’s Court of Xinjiang accepted the appeal by Alimujiang’s wife and mother and decided to retry Alimujiang’s case of “disclosing top state secrets.”

After Christmas 2010, the Higher People’s Court of Xinjiang told Gulinuer that they had already made the decision through a collegial bench on December 20.

In Feb. 2011, the Higher People’s Court of Xinjiang notified Alimujiang, who is serving his sentence, that they upheld the original sentence of 15 years of imprisonment in the reconsideration.

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