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Activist’s wife stopped from moving court in China

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The wife of a detained Chinese human rights lawyer was on Friday barred from submitting a petition to a Beijing court over the handling of her husband’s case.

Li Wenzu, who earlier this week was blocked from attending her husband’s trial in Tianjin, was prevented from entering the Hongshichun High Court in south Beijing by close to 50 officers.

Ms. Li and several supporters brought a petition calling for accountability in the Tianjin court, which held her husband’s trial behind closed doors citing “state secrets”. They also called on the court in Beijing to investigate the Tianjin court’s handling of the case, which they say has dragged on too long.

“They wouldn’t let us in because we have never been able to enter in our last 30 attempts,” she said.

Wang Quanzhang, 42, who defended political activists and victims of land seizures, disappeared in a 2015 sweep — known as the ‘709’ crackdown — aimed at courtroom critics of Communist authorities.

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