(Stock photo courtesy of Zhang Kai)
By Rachel Ritchie
Update (9:24 a.m. CDT, Aug. 28, 2015): China Aid received information about Zhang Kai’s arrest that indicates he and his assistant, Liu Peng, were arrested by police who climbed the walls of the church Zhang and Liu were in at 11:20 p.m. on Aug. 25. Rumors relate that Zhang was arrested for defending the rights of Wuxi Church in Wenzhou’s Longwan District.
(Wenzhou, Zhejiang—Aug. 27, 2015) At this time, China Aid has received no new information about lawyer Zhang Kai’s arrest on Aug. 25. However, the director of Zhang’s law firm released the following statement yesterday:
I was shocked by the news that attorney Zhang Kai and his assistant, Liu Peng, employees of this law firm were arrested at midnight on August 25, 2015, in Wenzhou. As the director of the law firm that Zhang Kai belongs to, I issue my statement as follows:
1. Attorney Zhang Kai is a legal practitioner with all legal documents. His law practice in Wenzhou is legally protected, and he has all the necessary documents to handle this case.
2. Liu Peng is an intern at our law firm, with all necessary legal documents; his activity is protected by the law.
3. We strongly protest against the Wenzhou authorities arrest of Attorney Zhang Kai and his assistant, strongly appeal to the Wenzhou authorities to release Zhang Kai and his assistant immediately and unconditionally.
4. We are concerned about the Zhang Kai’s situation and ready to go to Wenzhou, to provide human rights defense, and to strongly call on the whole society to pay attention!
Yang Xingquan, Director of Beijing’s Xinqiao Law Firm , August 26, 2015