Lawyer: 7 students of convicted minority scholar being tried on separatism charges in China

November 25, 2014 7:00 AM

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BEIJING – A Chinese rights lawyer says seven students of a prominent Muslim Uighur scholar convicted of separatism are standing trial on the same charge.

Li Fangping, a defense lawyer for the economics professor Ilham Tohti, said the trials for the students began Tuesday in the Urumqi Intermediate People's Court in the far west region of Xinjiang. The same court sentenced their teacher to life in prison in September.

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