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Chinese prosecutors charge prominent Uighur academic with separatism

Published on Jul 30, 2014 8:59 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - Chinese prosecutors on Wednesday brought charges of separatism against a prominent ethnic Uighur academic detained since early this year and whose case has drawn international criticism.

Prosecutors in the far western Xinjiang region filed the motion with a court in the city of Urumqi, according to their official account on Sina Weibo, a Chinese equivalent of Twitter.

Prosecutors said they "instituted proceedings at the Urumqi Intermediate People's Court against defendant Ilham Tohti who is suspected of separatism".

The Chinese police detained the outspoken economics professor in January. His detention has prompted condemnation from the US, EU and international rights groups.

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