No Word For Wife On Jailed Uyghur Writer’s Fate – RFA

From Radio Free Asia:

The wife of a minority Muslim Uyghur writer, jailed by a Chinese court in 1999 for “stealing state secrets,” says authorities have never officially told her of her husband’s fate or whereabouts in more than seven years.

Tohti Tunyaz, who wrote under the pen-name Tohti Muzart, was sentenced to 11 years’ imprisonment by the Urumqi Intermediate People’s Court on March 10, 1999, for “stealing state secrets” and engaging in “splittist activities” after he made a trip home from Japan to complete his doctoral thesis, his wife said.

She said she hasn’t been allowed to visit her husband in eight years and still hasn’t been officially notified of his whereabouts. “I have been seeking help since then. It has been eight years now, that I haven’t seen him,” she said. [Full Text]

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