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Cult members executed for woman's death in Shandong

2015-02-03 08:54 Global Times Web Editor: Qian Ruisha

Two cult members were executed in East China's Shandong Province Monday for beating a woman to death at a fast food restaurant in May 2014, local justice officials confirmed.

The Intermediate People's Court of Yantai city ordered the execution of Zhang Fan and Zhang Lidong for intentional homicide and practicing heresy, after the Supreme People's Court approved the death sentence.

The two men were members of a cult called "the almighty god" or in Chinese "quannengshen."

In May 28, 2014, the two, together with four other cult members including a 12-year-old boy, tried but failed to get the phone numbers of customers at a McDonald's outlet.

Zhang Fan and another member then branded Wu Shuoyan as an "evil spirit," and started beating her with chairs and tables at the restaurant. Zhang Fan stomped on her head and repeatedly jumped up and down and asked other members to do the same. He also ordered Zhang Lidong and the other five to assault Wu. She died at the scene from brain damage.

The cult was established in 1989 in Henan Province. It claims that Jesus was resurrected as the wife of the founder. The couple fled to the US in 2000.

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