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Family asks China to free ailing preacher

BEIJING — Charismatic preacher Gong Shengliang led a popular Christian group that spiraled into violence under persecution by Chinese authorities and the temptations of power. Now Gong has suffered an apparent stroke in prison, and his family members are calling for his release.

In an open letter, family members of the 60-year-old Gong said prison authorities rebuffed a request that he be given medical parole.

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