President Bush will raise with President Jiang his concerns over the plight of a Hong Kong man jailed on the mainland for smuggling Bibles when he visits Beijing, Mr Powell said. Mr Powell said Mr Bush had taken a personal interest in the case and would take it up with Mr Jiang when they met. 'The President called us about it as soon as he saw it a few weeks ago. And he raised this kind of thing with [Mr Jiang] when he was in Shanghai last fall, and I'm sure it will come up again,' the Secretary of State said. Mr Powell, who was addressing the Senate foreign relations committee, also condemned the verdict. 'We find it a deplorable sentence and a deplorable charge,' he said. SAR businessman Lai Kwong-keung, 38, was jailed for two years for smuggling thousands of Bibles to an underground Christian group - the 'Shouters' - in Fujian on Monday last week. Mainlanders Yu Zhudi and Lin Xifu, both 42, were jailed for three years for the offence.