A high-profile Chinese human rights lawyer has resurfaced two days after going missing following the completion of his prison sentence for state subversion, his wife said Sunday.
Jiang Tianyong – who took on prominent cases including those of Falun Gong practitioners and Tibetan protesters – was one of more than 200 lawyers and activists detained in a 2015 crackdown on courtroom critics of the authorities.
The 47-year-old had disappeared Thursday after completing his two-year sentence before reappearing in his hometown of Xinyang, Henan province, said his US-based wife.
Supporters had said police officers outside the prison he was released from told them he had been “taken away” but did not specify by whom.
“After not seeing each other for six years, we were finally able to talk and video chat,” Jin Bianling told AFP.
But even though Jiang has been released from jail, “he is still not free,” she added.
“He is living at his parents’ home now, but there are police stationed outside. Wherever he goes, the police follow him,” said Jin.
“I am also worried that he could disappear at any time, so I hope he can come to the US as soon as possible to reunite with us.”
It is not uncommon for human rights activists and dissidents in China to remain under surveillance or face restrictions after they serve their prison sentences.
Hu Jia, a Beijing activist who served a three-year jail sentence in 2008, says he has been under intermittent house arrest since 2004.
The disappearance of Jiang, who was charged with “inciting subversion” in 2017, also comes as China continues to clamp down on human rights activists and lawyers in the country.
– with reporting by Agence France-Presse