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China official says evidence against Uighur academic 'irrefutable'

Published on Mar 6, 2014 8:12 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - A top official from China's restive Xinjiang region said on Thursday the evidence against a prominent Uighur academic whose detention has been condemned by Washington was "irrefutable".

Ilham Tohti, an economist who teaches at the Central University for Nationalities in Beijing, has been a vocal critic of Beijing's policies toward his mostly Muslim Uighur minority, who are concentrated in Xinjiang.

He has been charged with separatism, which can carry the death penalty.

"The facts are clear and the evidence is irrefutable," Xinjiang regional government chairman Nur Bekri said, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

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