China Court Sentences Uighur Scholar to Life in Prison For Separatism

September 23, 2014 6:11 AM

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Beijing: A Chinese court on Tuesday sentenced to life in prison the country's most prominent advocate for the rights of Muslim Uighur people, his lawyer said, the latest sign of Beijing's determination to suppress dissent.

Economics professor Ilham Tohti stood trial on separatism charges in the western region of Xinjiang last week. His case has provoked an international outcry in the West and among international human rights groups.

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