하나, 살인 사건 종결
둘, 또 다른 살인 사건 수사 개시
April 30 marks the third anniversary of the martyrdom of Pastor Han Chung Ryeol, a Korean Chinese pastor believed to have been murdered for aiding North Korean visitors to Changbai, China for nearly 20 years. In 2016, Pastor Han was stabbed through his heart, skull, and neck. Chinese police have not yet concluded the investigation. In addition, Voice of the Martyrs today released audio indicating that the suspicious death of another Christian martyr could be connected to Pastor Han’s murder.
조선족, 한충렬(Han Chung Ryeol) 목사
“In December 2017, we met with Attorney Li Baiguang who had been making legal inquiries to Chinese police in order to uncover the truth of Pastor Han’s death,”
Voice of the Martyrs representative Hyun Sook Foley says.
According to Attorney Li, when he visited the police station, officers said they had contacted the North Korean government about the suspects.
“Police asked the North Korean government to search for the four killers and turn them over to the Chinese government,“
Attorney Li says on the audio.
“But the North Korean government never responded. ”
Attorney Li himself then died under suspicious circumstances on February 26, 2018. He was cremated before independent observers could see his body. His death was officially declared to be due to liver disease, but representative Foley says that it was Li’s involvement on behalf of Pastor Han that likely led to his death.
“Attorney Li spoke with us less than three months prior to his death,” says Representative Foley. “He had just returned from Changbai and was meeting with the police there. Not only was he in good health, but he noted the danger he and others faced as a result of involvement in the case.”
리바이광(Li Baiguang) 변호사(좌)
오늘 공개한 녹음에는 리바이광 변호사가 지난 2017년 한국VOM과 나눈 대화 내용이 담겨 있다.
“In the audio released today from that December 2017 conversation by Voice of the Martyrs Korea, Attorney Li Baiguang says, “When I returned from Beijing, [Name withheld] arranged an interview with me because Pastor Han’s death had become well-known. However, I told the interviewer not to mention my name because the spies would follow me.” ”
Representative Foley called on the Chinese government to renew their efforts to extradite the four murders from North Korea.
“Whether those spies were from North Korea or China, there is a link between the outright murder of Pastor Han and the suspicious death of Attorney Li,”
Representative Foley explains.
A healthy man doesn’t die of liver disease—unless he’s been tortured, poisoned, or given too high a dose of a drug.
“By closing the case and announcing their conclusion about the murder of Pastor Han, Chinese police can bring closure to Pastor Han’s family and loved ones and put pressure on the North Korean government to extradite the criminals from North Korea to China for trial,”
says Representative Foley. “On this third anniversary of the martyrdom of Pastor Han Chung Ryeol, we call on the Chinese government to close the investigation on Pastor Han, bring his murderers to justice, and open a case into the suspicious death of martyr Li Baiguang.”
This month Voice of the Martyrs Korea begins work with Grooters Productions on a short video re-enacting one scene from Pastor Han’s life, as told by an eyewitness. Grooters Productions is the award-winning filmmaker responsible for creating the new movie Tortured for Christ, which chronicles the story of Voice of the Martyrs founder Richard Wurmbrand. The short video on Pastor Han will be translated into multiple languages and shown by Voice of the Martyrs organizations around the world in commemoration of the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, a Sunday set aside to pray for persecuted Christians, on November 3, 2019. An estimated audience of a million Christians will see the video. Churches interested in showing a copy of the Pastor Han video in their church for IDOP Sunday this year should contact Voice of the Martyrs at 02-2065-0703.