CHINA: Alimujiang’s case is reviewed

Alimujiang with family News has emerged that the application of Uyghur Christian Alimujiang Yimiti to have his case reviewed in November 2010 has been accepted and the outcome is expected to be announced in about a week.

The same court (the People’s High Court of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in Urumqi) in March 2010 upheld on appeal the fifteen-year sentence that had been imposed by the Kashgar District Intermediate Court in October 2009.

Alimujiang, a former fruit farmer from a Muslim background, was arrested in January 2008 and sentenced on a charge of providing state secrets to overseas organisations (in fact he simply met and talked with visiting Christians from the USA). Christians in Xinjiang face significant restrictions.

On 17 December 2010, lawyer Li Dunyong from Beijing went to Urumqi and met Alimujiang’s wife, Gulinuer, to discuss a proposed trip to the prison. The family found a local lawyer to help Li Dunyong, who does not speak Uyghur, and together they made preparations for another appeal.

The lawyers and family members went to court and talked with Judge Kadeer, who is in charge of Alimujiang’s case. The judge advised the family not to spend more money on the lawyer, claiming that the collegiate bench had studied the case already and had made a decision, to be announced soon.

Reverend Bob Fu, President of China Aid Association, said, “We welcome the positive development by the new leadership of Xinjiang. We urge the government to respond to the ruling of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention [which in 2008 declared Alimujjang’s detention arbitrary], to drop the charge of leaking state secrets, and to release Alimujiang who has been in prison for more than three years.”
(China Aid)