May 13, 2019
The wife of jailed human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang has received two letters purportedly written by him in recent days, in which he “admits” to his “crimes,” and asks that she not visit him for the time being.
The unexpected missives come after Wang was detained, interrogated, held in prolonged pretrial detention with no access to family or lawyers, and tried and jailed behind closed doors, prompting concerns that he may have been tortured or otherwise mistreated.
Wang’s wife Li Wenzu received one letter on Friday describing Wang’s life in Linyi Prison in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong, she said.
The letter came after authorities in the northern city of Tianjin transferred Wang to Linyi Prison, which temporarily suspended Li’s visiting rights.
The letter states that Wang is allowed to take part freely in prison activities, has an improved diet, and is on the mend physically.
It describes Wang as “reflecting on my mistakes,” and says that he regrets bringing trouble down on the heads of his loved ones.