On April 19, 2018, Wang Quanzhang’s wife, Li Wenzu, and family members of 709 lawyers Wang Qiaoling, Liu Ermin, Yuan Shanshan, accompanied lawyers Lin Qilei and Xie Yang to the Tianjin Detention Center to ask to see Wang Quanzhang, but their request was denied. The following day, Li Wenzu, Wang Qiaoling, and Liu Ermin again accompanied the lawyer Xie Yang to the Tianjin Intermediate Court and submitted, according to the procedures, a request to see the judge. However, the judge did not answer the phone, and the judicial police did not allow the lawyer to enter to find the judge. Lawyer Xie Yang expressed strongly: This case has been in the court for one year and two months already, and Judge Zhou Hong is afraid to see the lawyer—what is this all about?!
On April 4, 2018, it was still unknown whether Wang Quanzhang, the 709 arrested lawyer, was dead or alive, as he had been without contact with the outside world for 999 days. His wife, Li Wenzu, accompanied by the family of other 709 lawyers, began a walk from the Supreme People’s Court in Beijing to the Tianjin Intermediate Court in an epic search for her husband. On April 10, 2018, Beijing police officers forcibly returned her to her home in Bajiaozhongli, Shijingshan District of Beijing, where she was threatened and not allowed to leave her home.