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Hoping to Set a Precedent, Detained Attorney’s Family Sues Court Appointed Lawyer

October 17, 2016

On July 12, 2015, attorney Xie Yanyi was secretly detained by the authorities. By the time his family finally received official notice of his arrest on January 11, 2016, Xie had been in custody for over 400 days. The numerous visitation requests filed with the Tianjin Public Security Bureau by the lawyers hired by Xie’s family were all denied; these same lawyers were later dismissed. Instead, Xie’s family was informed that the authorities had arranged a court appointed lawyer for him. In protest, his wife, Yuan Shanshan, filed a suit against this “officially appointed lawyer,” but the court of first instance refused to accept the case. After an appeal, the Tianjin No. 2 Intermediate Court will hear the case on October 21, at 3:00 pm. Yuan Shanshan is calling on all of China’s 300,000 lawyers to pay attention to this precedent-setting suit against a court appointed lawyer.