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Zhao Wei’s Husband: Zhao’s Defense Lawyer Arrested for “False Rumors”

July 8, 2016

You Minglei is the husband of Zhao Wei. The content of this message is from Weiquan Wang.

Statement from You Minglei:

I received news tonight that Mr. Ren Quanniu, the lawyer I appointed to represent Zhao Wei, was criminally detained on July 8 by public security authorities in Zhengzhou for “creating and spreading false information on the Internet that Zhao Wei was molested.” The police authorities claimed that “the relevant information [from Ren], having been shared and reported numerous times, has had a harmful effect on society and seriously damaged Zhao Wei’s reputation. The actions constitutes a suspected crime.”

During the 709 Crackdown last year, the authorities arrested my wife Zhao Wei and have held her in the Tianjin Detention Center. I appointed Mr. Ren Quanniu as her defense counsel. During this period, spanning nearly one year, Mr. Ren meticulously fulfilled his duties. He communicated with the authorities many times, and traveled to Tianjin many times to request meetings with Zhao Wei. After the Tianjin police refused his requests, he brought the case to the procuratorial authorities. In a situation in which there was no way to tell whether Zhao Wei was even alive, Ren sought to verify some online rumors through Weibo. He went to Tianjin with lawyer Yan Huafeng to discuss the information with the police, but did not receive any definite answers. And to this day he has not been able to meet with Zhao Wei.

Under this circumstance, it is an outright absurdity for the Zhengzhou police to accuse him of “spreading fake rumors.” I strongly condemn the shameless conduct of the authorities. I demand the immediate and unconditional release of lawyer Ren Quanniu.


游明磊是赵威的丈夫。维权圈来自此内容

游明磊声明:今天晚上得知我为赵威委托的任全牛律师因为“编造并在互联网上散布当事人人身受辱的虚假信息,相关信息被大量转发报道,造成恶劣社会影响,也给当事人赵威名誉造成严重损害,涉嫌犯罪”已于7月8日被郑州公安机关依法刑事拘留。因去年“709事件”中妻子赵威被当局逮捕并关押于天津看守所,本人于去年7月份委托任全牛律师为赵威辩护,在这将近一年的时间里,任律师矜矜业业尽职尽责,几次三番和当局沟通,多次到天津要求会见赵威,因被天津警方拒绝并向检查机关提出控告,在这种生不见人死不见尸的情况下,因网上的一些传言而在微博上求证,并和严华丰律师到天津向警方核实情况,但是都没有得到确切的答案,更是至今没有会见到赵威本人。在这种情况下,郑州警方以任律师编造散布当事人受人身侮辱的消息,并造成恶劣影响的理由简直荒谬至极!本人强烈谴责当局的这种无耻行径!并要求郑州当局尽快无罪释放任全牛律师!
 

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