Minority scholar denies separatism at China trial

September 17, 2014 1:39 PM

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URUMQI, China — A high-profile Muslim Uighur scholar and government critic denied that he engaged in separatism as he stood trial Wednesday in China’s far western region of Xinjiang, where authorities say terrorists are seeking an independent state.

Ilham Tohti, a former economics professor in Beijing, is accused of fanning ethnic hatred and advocating the overthrow of Chinese rule in Xinjiang. Ilham Tohti’s supporters say he is a moderate who has sought a middle road in resolving the region’s ethnic tensions and that his critiques of Chinese p...

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