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Xinjiang Authorities Uphold Jail Term For Uyghur Turkish National in Secret Prison Retrial

Mamatali Kashgarli’s ‘terrorism’ conviction had been overturned in a rare review by a higher court.

Mamatali Kashgarli in an undated photo Photo Courtesy: RFA

Authorities in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) have upheld a 15-year jail term for an ethnic Uyghur Turkish national convicted of “terrorist activities” following a secret prison retrial, according to sources, who say little is known about his well-being despite repeated inquiries from Ankara.1c

Both Mamatali and Abdujelil were reportedly accused at least in part on the basis of Mamatali’s links to his brother Ahmet Kashgarli, who lives in Turkey, and who was referred to as a “terrorist” by court authorities.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity out of fear of reprisal, told RFA that Mamatali appeared “very emotionally and physically weak,” and even unable to understand the questions being posed to him during the proceedings, which were held after an earlier conviction for the same alleged offense was ruled improper in a rare reversal by a higher court.

Mamatali had relocated to Turkey from Kashgar in 1989 but returned to the XUAR in 2001 to open a clothing shop in the regional capital Urumqi after obtaining Turkish citizenship. He was detained on April 24, 2017 and sentenced to 15 years in prison by the Intermediate Court of Kashgar prefecture on July 31 that same year, according to a copy of the ruling obtained by RFA.

Mamatali was also fined 74 million yuan (U.S. $11.3 million) and forced to turn over property in order to pay it.

However, in January 2018, the XUAR High Court issued a rare overturning of Mamatali’s verdict, citing “irregularities” in the judicial process, including the harassment of his lawyers, and set in motion the events that led to last month’s retrial.

RFA spoke with a representative from the Intermediate Court of Kashgar Prefecture who said the person responsible for Mamatali’s case was out of the office and that he was unable to comment.

“That person is not in—they’re out on a business trip,” the representative said, without rejecting the claim that Mamatali had been tried in court.

When asked whether the Turkish Embassy in Beijing had received any information about Mamatali’s trial in recent days, a staffer said she was aware of the case but that the responsible person was not in the office at the time and could not comment.

Seeking information

Ahmet Kashgarli, also a Turkish citizen, told RFA that he first received the news of his older brother’s disappearance three days after he was detained, and that he reported the situation to representatives of the Turkish Embassy in Beijing on the same day. One week later, staff from the embassy informed Ahmet by phone that his brother had been detained on suspicions of “aiding terrorism.”

The staff member who spoke to Ahmet told him that embassy representatives planned to attend Mamatali’s July 2017 trial and to monitor the proceedings closely, in accordance with formal agreements between the governments of China and Turkey. They tried to reassure him at the time that there was little chance of an unjust trial. However, the situation did not go as embassy representatives expected.

“After that, in 2019, [the Chinese government] said my brother had been sentenced to 15 years … [but] they still haven’t given me a court judgment,” Ahmet said, adding that his brother appears not to have received one either.

“As of now, we still don’t know whether there is even such a [document] … [The Turkish Embassy] said that [the authorities in the XUAR] had to show them the evidence and proof they were using in the case … They wouldn’t accept the idea that someone could be sentenced without any sort of proof or evidence, and without notifying the Turkish Embassy.”

Ahmet said embassy staff told him that in the past, when Turkish citizens were detained in China, Beijing always notified them about it within a week.

“But then they said that China’s attitude toward the XUAR was now not good, and that they’d made a phone call about my brother,” he said.

“They said they submitted a letter and were waiting for a letter in response to it, that the Chinese side wasn’t responding and it was just sitting without a response.”

Ahmet, an Istanbul-based tourism shop owner, told RFA that since his brother’s detention, he has written 23 different letters about his case to different Turkish government offices, including to the Turkish Foreign Ministry and the Turkish Embassy in Beijing. He said he has also submitted requests for help to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on two occasions.

Representatives from the appeals department of Turkey’s Grand National Assembly, or parliament, claim they have submitted at least nine separate notes to China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Justice, and the XUAR Procuratorate regarding Mamatali’s case—all of which, they told Ahmet in a February 2019 letter, have gone unanswered.

The Turkish Embassy said it finally received a response from Beijing in December 2020, which claimed that the prisoner was in a good health and that the court would soon notify the embassy when he was retried, but ultimately received no advance warning of the March 17 proceedings in Peyziwat county.

Allegations of ‘terrorism’

Ahmet told RFA he was unsurprised by the accusation by the Chinese court that he is a “terrorist,” despite never having been part of any organization or involved in any activities other than those connected to his business endeavors. He noted that in the 33 years he has lived in Turkey, he has never once been accused of criminal activity or called in for questioning by authorities.

“In the view of China, all of us living outside [the homeland] right now are terrorists,” he said.

He suggested that the Chinese government is accusing him of terrorism merely as “a pretense” for punishing his older brother Mamatali and Abdujelil Abduhelil.

“They’re calling us terrorists in order to take revenge on us, to take revenge on Uyghurs living on the outside, so they’ve implicated my brother on the grounds that he’s connected to [a terrorist] and are detaining him for that reason,” he said.

Ahmet said that over the past four years of his brother’s imprisonment, he has tried unsuccessfully to advocate quietly for his release by meeting with relevant government offices in Turkey, fearing that speaking publicly to the media about the case would complicate the situation.

“I kept thinking that because my brother is innocent, because he’s committed no crime, they would definitely let him go, and so I never formally spoke to any media agencies,” he said.

“Now, looking at the fact that on March 17 they suddenly tried my brother in a closed courtroom for a crime he didn’t commit, for things he has no relationship to, I’m angry. Starting now, I will really be part of the cause. I am determined to fight for my brother, to take his case all the way to the foreign minister and the leader of the country.”

China’s efforts to brand as terrorists Uyghurs with grievances about widespread and worsening repression of the ethnic has suffered major blows in the past six months.

Last October, the U.S. State Department dropped the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) from its list of terrorist organizations, because, it said, “for more than a decade, there has been no credible evidence that ETIM continues to exist.”

And last week in Istanbul, a Turkish judge dismissed a request by Beijing to extradite Uyghur religious teacher Abduqadir Yapchan to China to face “terrorism” charges, citing the lack of credible evidence, his lawyer said. Yapchan has been living in Istanbul for 18 years and spent the last five in detention while the extradition case played out.

Uyghurs and independent analysts say the terrorism charges represent a deflection by China in the face of growing international awareness of the incarceration of some 1.8 million Turkic Muslims in internment camps since 2017. The detention camps, forced sterilization of women and other policies have prompted the U.S. government and several Western parliaments to designate the abuses as part of a state-backed genocide.

Reported by Shohret Hoshur for RFA’s Uyghur Service. Translated by the Uyghur Service. Written in English by Joshua Lipes.

Copyright © 1998-2020, RFA. Used with the permission of Radio Free Asia, 2025 M St. NW, Suite 300, Washington DC 20036.

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 June 25, 2021 

India COVID-19 Cases 30,082,778 and  Deaths 391,981 Doses 301,626,082

How You Identify Fake News or Messages on Social Media 

Beware of Fake News and Fake Messages on Social Media

Always follow websites or social media platforms of traditional media outlets whether newspapers, magazines,Television News Channels or Radio Stations and authentic online only media outlets.They still maintain journalism excellence and stress on reportorial talent.On the other hand, fake news websites run by people with non journalism background and promote their own ideology with fake news and disinformations and obviously conspiracy theories.

But unfortunately mainstream media also manipulates news to establish their story angle.There were various instances when News papers and TV Channels promoted fake news/conspiracy theories in the form of out of context or manipulated pictures/videos and distorted informations.

Always check the URL of any website.Some fake news websites look like the orginal and popular one the same layout,Logo but if you check the URL you may find extra words like if the orginal website's URL is the duplicate one might be or something like that so first check the URL for authentic informations.

Check whether photos are original or photoshopped.Check Google images for authenticity.You can find help from Google Reverse Images search.

Check the news sources from other websites whether they picked up the story or not.

Whether the website layout is little bit clumsy and obviously grammatical mistakes and spelling mistakes and excessive use of Sex related and sensational and hate stories.Because sex and hate sells.

Follow official websites relating to COVID-19

WHO Clarifies the disinformation about the virus:
COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates
Cold Weather and Snow can not kill the new coronavirus
Taking a Hot Bath Does Not Prevent COVID-19
COVID-19 Can not be transmitted through mosquito bites

Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will not kill viruses that have already entered your body. Spraying such substances can be harmful to clothes or mucous membranes (i.e. eyes, mouth)

According to World Health Organization (WHO): Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth . If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early.

Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, until you recover.

Follow WHO guidelines

When you follow COVID-19 related news and messages from social media then check and recheck it before consuming it.Follow journalism mantra: if your mother says she loves you, check it out.

Most of the messages or informations quote different organizations like WHO, UNICEF, UNDP,Cambridge University  or other well known institutes,organizations or individual to authenticate the messeges.Check official websites of these organizations  if stories are repeated there

Forwarding messages from unknown sources or little known sources, it would be better to ignore it.

Check whether any logo like UNICEF or WHO or other organizations used in the messages which look similar to original logo.

These type of messages are full of Grammatical mistakes and spelling mistakes which are quite uncommon in original messages.

Some fake messages pretend to be real one like unofficial Twitter handle of international media organizations like BBC,CNN,Washinton Post, New York Times-check the official Twitter handles of media outlets.

You can identify fake messages if the message requests you to share it.

Beware of Fake News or Fake Photos/Videos Relating to Communal Hatred

Always check the fact checking sites if you have some doubts about the authenticity of any information or picture.

The Same Method Applies to You Tube Videos Check the Source the credibility of the Source.To Check Fake You Tube Videos Check and Recheck the sources. Does the person have the legal right to the video posted? Did that person capture the video? Whether it has been altered?

But due to advancement of technology we can not really wipe out fake news.According to experts advent of  Artificial Intelligence(AI) some companies small or big one developing  technologies that can  lay digitally created script to anybody's voice  even words,sentences never said by the person.Even they developing a technology which can create fake video footage,images,audios like originals.So be cautious! Rumour-mongers are active everywhere whether in physical world or cyber world.

Without evidence or with fake evidence, a conspiracy theory will always remain a conspiracy theory.

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