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September 18, 2014
China tries Uighur professor for separatism
Urumqi, China (AFP) Sept 17, 2014
Chinese authorities put a prominent scholar from the mostly-Muslim Uighur minority on trial for separatism Wednesday as critics warned the prosecution will worsen tensions in violence-wracked Xinjiang. Ilham Tohti, a former economics professor at a university in Beijing, denied the charges - which carry a life sentence - at a court in the regional capital Urumqi. "We don't see anything in the evidence presented which constitutes separatism," Li Fangping, Tohti's lawyer, told reporters outside ... read more

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