June 16, 2017
The father of jailed Chinese human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong has been called in and issued with a warning by the country’s state security police after the family issued a statement slamming the government’s forced “appointment” of defense lawyers in the case.
“The state security police took Jiang Tianyong’s father down to the police station [on Friday] for a chat, and they told him not to … have anything to do with anyone outside [the case], because it is still under investigation,” Jiang’s U.S.-based wife Jin Bianling told RFA on Friday.
The warning came after the family issued a joint statement on Thursday hitting out at the authorities for refusing to recognize defense lawyers they appointed by refusing their requests to meet with Jiang, who has had no contact with family or lawyers since his incarceration.
“It seems the authorities are up to their old tricks and are forcing Jiang Tianyong to accept government-appointed lawyers,” the statement, posted on the website of the U.S.-based Human Rights in China, said.
“Hearing this news, we are beside ourselves with anger,” said the statement, signed by Jiang’s mother, father and wife.
It said the authorities appear to be taking the same approach with all lawyers detained in a nationwide operation since July 2015, including Wang Quanzhang, Li Heping, and Xie Yang.