China rejects Uighur scholar's appeal against life sentence

November 21, 2014 5:50 AM

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BEIJING: A Chinese court on Friday (Nov 21) rejected prominent Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti's appeal against his life sentence for separatism as veteran former journalist Gao Yu was set to face trial for leaking "state secrets". Rights groups have decried both cases as an effort to silence prominent critics of the ruling Communist Party.

Tohti, a 44-year-old economics professor, has been an outspoken critic of China's policies towards the mostly Muslim Uighur minority in Xinjiang, which has been hit by a wave of violence in the past year which has killed at least 200 people. China blamed unrest on militant groups seeking independenc...

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