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China police accuse Uighur academic of 'separatist activites': Xinhua

Published on Jan 26, 2014 7:36 AM

BEIJING (AFP) - Police in China's western Xinjiang region have accused a prominent Uighur academic detained since last week of being involved in "separatist activities", state media reported on Sunday.

Mr Ilham Tohti, an economist who teaches at the Central University for Nationalities in Beijing, has vocally criticised the Chinese government's policy towards his mostly Muslim Uighur minority.

The academic and his mother were taken on Wednesday 15 to an unknown location by several dozen police who seized their mobile phones and computers, his wife Guzaili Nu'er previously told AFP. The mother was released the following day.

Early on Sunday, the official Xinhua news agency reported that police authorities in Xinjiang said Mr Tohti "formed a separatist group" and "severely damaged the national security and social stability".

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