Uyghur Charged With Spying

The Swedish government has charged Babur Mehsut, an ethnic Uigher born in China who was naturalized as a Swedish citizen, with spying for the Chinese government:

mehsutBorn in the northwestern Chinese city of Lanzhou to a Uyghur father and an ethnic minority Hui Muslim mother, Babur later moved to Hotan in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), now China’s northwesternmost province.

He entered Sweden as a political refugee in the late 1990s and became a Swedish citizen in 2002.

The chief prosecutor in the case, Tomas Lindstrand, told local media Babur was suspected on reasonable grounds of unlawful espionage from January 2008-June 2009, with activities both in Sweden and overseas.

Swedish authorities allege that Mehsut was spying on the Uigher community in Sweden, and the Swedish government has expelled a Chinese diplomat in Sweden.  China has responded by expelling a Swedish diplomat from China.

See also past CDT posts on the Uighers.


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