Jiang Tianyong’s wife is shocked to hear her husbad’s statement dismissing his two defense lawyers, and does not believe that this is Jiang’s true wish. She presumes that Jiang Tianyong’s statement—signed on the day when his six-months of residential surveillance expired—was the product of torture. In her statement, she declares: The family has a right to hire a lawyer; Jiang’s statement dismissing his lawyers is invalid unless accompanied by his personal confirmation; the two lawyers, as retained by the family, will continue to work until Jiang Tianyong is released.
Jiang Tianyong was disappeared on November 21, 2016 as he prepared to board a train in Changsha to return to Beijing. In Changsha, he had visited Chen Guiqiu, wife of Xie Yang—a lawyer detained in the 709 crackdown—and accompanied her and Xie’s defense lawyer to Changsha Detention Center to try to meet with Xie. On December 17, Chinese media reported that Jiang Tianyong had been arrested on suspicion of “illegally possessing documents classified as state secrets,” fraudulent use of an identity card, and illegally disseminating state secrets overseas.