Lawyer says Chinese court sentences Uighur scholar to life in prison

September 23, 2014 7:28 AM

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Lawyer says Chinese court sentences Uighur scholar to life in prison

In this Feb. 4, 2013 photo, Ilham Tohti, an outspoken scholar of China's Turkic Uighur ethnic minority, speaks during an interview at his home in Beijing, China. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

BEIJING – An outspoken scholar who championed China's Uighur minority was convicted of separatism Tuesday by a Chinese court and sentenced to life in prison, according to the scholar's lawyers.

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