On July 17, Lawyer Zhang Peihong (张培鸿) went to the Chengdu Detention Center to apply to visit his client Wang Yi (王怡), pastor at the Early Rain Covenant Church. Zhang was told to go see the officers at the Chengdu Procuratorate. There, he learned that investigation of Wang Yi’s case was finished, and it had been submitted to the Procuratorate on July 15. In addition to the original charge of “inciting subversion of state power,” Wang Yi was also charged with “illegal business activity.” The officers told Zhang that Wang Yi has lost a lot of weight, but his spirits are high.
On the evening of December 9, 2018, Chengdu police detained more than 100 members of the Church, including church founder Wang Yi and his wife. Half of them were released quickly, but some were held from several days to several months. Wang Yi and his wife Jiang Rong (蒋蓉) were charged by authorities with “inciting subversion of state power.” Jiang Rong was placed under surveillance after her release on bail on June 11, 2019. Wang Yi and four other members of the church are still in custody, with their whereabouts unknown, and they have not been allowed to meet with lawyers.