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Wang Yi’s Case Submitted to Procuratorate with Additional Charge of "Illegal Business Activity"

July 17, 2019

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.


王怡案信息更新

张培鸿律师

今天(7月17日)上午,乘坐早班飞机从浦东飞往成都,随即前往成都市看守所申请会见王怡。市看的接待人员先是说没有此人,在我表示可能化名关押并提供了可能的监室号码后,其起身去找领导请示。15分钟后,看守所负责律师会见的大队长出面,告知我先到成都市检察院,称市检公诉部门的人员会等我。

到了成都市检察院后,公诉一处的两位检察官接待了我,在收下委托手续后,检察官告知如下信息:1,案件系7月14日侦查终结,7月15日下午检察机关收到侦查机关移送的材料,7月16日(昨天)两位检察官已经见了王怡,告知了诉讼权利;2,目前王怡涉嫌两个罪名,分别是煽动颠覆国家政权罪和非法经营罪;3,他们在卷宗中发现有我的一份笔录,在听取了我对笔录的解释后,他们表示需要结合全案材料进行判断,因此需要时间(只表示会尽快,但未明确究竟需要多久);4,据昨天的观察,他们表示王怡目前瘦了不少,但是精神状态不错(原话),头发全白、牙齿掉了是谣言;5,李英强和覃德富的案子没有并案处理,他们不知道情况;6,关于律师的问题,王怡表示由家属聘请。

考虑到一名被告人可以聘请两名律师,接下来会征求王怡妈妈的意见。目前,蒋蓉和书亚都没有任何消息。

案件的走向,需要大家继续代祷。正如王怡的原话所说:一切都在神的手中!

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