China Sentences Uighur Writer to 15 Years in Jail

According to an Associated Press report, a Uighur journalist has been sentenced to 15 years in jail for “endangering ”:

A Chinese court sentenced a Uighur journalist to 15 years in jail Friday for critical writings and comments he made to foreign media after last year’s deadly ethnic riots in China’s western Xinjiang region, a friend said.

Halaite Niyaze was found guilty of “endangering national security” and sentenced following a one-day trial in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, said Ilham Tohti, an economist based in Beijing who is a friend of Niyaze. A man surnamed Wen who answered the phone at the Urumqi Intermediate People’s Court’s criminal affairs department confirmed that Niyaze stood trial but said he could not confirm the verdict.

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