Jailed Uighur Scholar Offered Job

Radio Free Asia reports that the Chinese government is promising high-paying jobs to Tohti Tunyaz, a Uighur jailed for 11 years, and his wife (a naturalized Japanese citizen) if they will remain in China:

[Tohti Tunyaz’s wife] Rabiye Tohti, 45 and a naturalized Japanese citizen, said in an interview that several of her husband’s professors and a number of journalists had travelled from Japan to Prison No. 3 in Urumqi, in China’s northwesternmost province of Xinjiang, to greet Tohti Tunyaz upon his release on Feb. 10.

[…said Tohti:] “Three months ago, the authorities asked me many times to come back from Japan. They promised a well-paying job to my husband. They told me they would give me a well-paying job too. ‘Your life in Japan is very difficult—you should come back,’ they said. ‘If you come back you will have a very good life—you will be with your relatives and have a very good life.’”

[…] Chinese authorities arrested [Tunyaz] in 1998 after he copied a list of historical documents at a public records office in Xinjiang. He was handed an 11-year jail term for allegedly endangering state security.

February 10, 2009 10:55 PM
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