On May 15, Hao’s sister Nina Wu wrote a blog post titled Another Step in the Long, Long March:
Today, in keeping with the agreement between our lawyers and the police, I went to the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau Office of Inquiry at 2 o’clock to fill in the approval form for the hiring of lawyers. After I arrived, the officers at the Office of Inquiry claimed to not know anything about the matter; while they were calling others, I was also busy contacting our lawyers. After a while, a young officer came in from the outside to greet me. After being seated in the small room, this Officer Liu said that the form that was sent to them the last time did not fulfill the requirements, and that a correct application needs to be filled out. Without a second’s hesitation, I took out my pen and started filling out the form, then realized that aside from the applicant’s information, the only content that needed to be added was basically this: in accordance with Number XX provision of the law, I now hire Lawyer XXXX of XXX Law Firm to be the attorney of XXX….
Isn’t that the same as what I had written on the nationally-standardized Power of Attorney form, back when I was hiring lawyers at the law firm? Lawyers Yan Ruyu and Wu Yigang, whom we hired from Beijing’s Wu, Luan, Zhao & Yan Law Firm, had already handed my signed Power of Attorney form requesting for legal aid as well as the law firm letter to the Bureau’s legal department as early as March 22nd of 2006. I voiced my thoughts right then and there to Officer Liu and the other officers present at the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau Office of Inquiry; none of them expressed any opinion on the matter. Really, this form is quite mysterious; it’s impossible for one to find it on any website, and our lawyers, in all their years of employment, have never seen it before. Such a simple form made us busy ourselves with the hiring of lawyers from March to May.
Walking out of the room, the light from the broiling sun made me dizzy. I still remember the first time I came to Beijing for little’s brother’s affair, freezing to the point of shivering despite wearing an overcoat. Now, it’s already the sizzling summer season, and the police still hasn’t found evidence of little brother committing a crime, but I have yet to see the light of little brother’s freedom. When will this long, long march finally reach its end?