Siblings Get Lengthy Jail Terms in Xinjiang For Links to Turkey-Based Uyghur Scholar


Government in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) have imprisoned four sisters plus a brother-in-law of an Ankara-based Uyghur academic for at least a decade each for”aiding and abetting terrorists” for sending gifts to the scholar, a 30-year-resident and citizen of Turkey.

Erkin Amet, a lecturer in Ankara University and an independent journalist, told RFA’s Uyghur Service he has heard in the Kashgar District Intermediate People’s Court that all of his brothers were sentenced to 11 years each, his sister obtained 14 years, along with her husband was detained for 23 years.

Erkin Amet told RFA he’d been out of touch with his family for decades, and just learned of those January 2019 indictment of those five relatives when he had been sent an email copy of the court record via an acquaintance in China a month.

He’d heard in 2019 which 13 relatives were imprisoned at the XUAR internment camps where China has secured up as much as 1.8 million for what it states is re-education to combat Muslim extremism. Critics call them concentration camps which merit a preliminary investigation to genocide and the United States has sanctioned the architect of this camp system.

From the indictment, Chinese police accused Erkin Amet of being a”terrorist” and said they had detained his allies and brother-in-law on charges of”aiding and abetting terrorists” and”keeping contact by an associate of a terrorist organization, Erkin Amet, involving 2006 and 2016,” he explained.

The indictment described presents his brothers gave to Erkin Amet along with his spouse — golden rings and household items worth roughly $2,500 as”support for terrorist actions.”

Erkin Amet’s younger sister, Nurnisa Amet, visited Turkey in January 2013 with the consent of the Chinese authorities along with her husband, Kadir Memet, plus they remained only 3 times in her brother’s home — a remain described in the indictment as”liaising with terrorists,” the scholar said.

Erkin Amet’s elderly brother Memtimin Amet, who had been detained for 11 years and fined of 30,000 yuan ($5,000), in an undated photo.
Erkin Amet

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No contact for two years

Kadir Memet was detained for 23 years, and fined 3 million yuan ($500,000) while his wife was sentenced to 14 years. Erkin Amet’s brothers–Memtimin Amet, Enver Amet and Emer Amet each obtained 11 years and fines 30,000 yuan, the court documents revealed.

Erkin Amet that a lecturer as 1992 in the Ankara University’s Department of Language, History and Geography — continues to be a correspondent and contributor to RFA’s Uyghur Service in Turkey, also handled RFA’s office from the Turkish capital in 2001-12.

“How can somebody having a link to terrorism work in a state university in Turkey?” He explained in an interview with RFA Friday.

“I have not been connected with my sisters for… years. I have not seen them, and that I did not even receive a telephone call,” additional Erkin Amet.

He explained the criminal charges to the household’s exchange of presents is”a normal illustration of the present policy of wicked repression from the Uyghurs.”

Erkin Amet stated the terrorist accusation from the indictment didn’t establish a terrorist organization or even a terrorist action.

WUC connection?

Local press in Turkey, home to over 50,000 Uyghurs who fled there to escape persecution in China, have theorized that the primary reason behind Erkin Amet’s”terrorism” accusations is associated with his job for RFA and his decade-long relationship with the Munich-based World Uyghur Congress advocacy group.

Erkin Amet stated his property had been confiscated by the country after his brother-in-law wasn’t able to cover his 3 million yuan fine.

“Now they are in prison, how can their children live with their land or financial resources? It is an unfathomable cruelty.”

Erkin Amet composed letters to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Turkish Foreign Ministry and the U.S. State Department to seek help with his family’s case.

“As mentioned in the indictment, it was just I who brought my siblings to be sentenced,” he explained.

“The Republic of Turkey understands what type of man I am, therefore I composed a letter to the presidentasking him to increase my dilemma diplomatically with China, telling the Chinese authorities concerning the situation and requesting the rescue of my sisters,” he explained.

“I have not got a definite answer yet.”

RFA formerly has reported a biography of 17 individuals from Kashgar’s Yopurgha county that travelled overseas will be circulating on social networking, and on peak of the listing of”terrorists” is Erkin Amet, a native of this county.

China has imprisoned numerous Uyghurs for having seen Turkey and other Muslim nations, or for getting family living in those nations.   Chinese authorities also have jailed dozens of relatives of RFA Uyghur colleagues in retaliation for their job.

Front page of the indictment document describing the charges and lengthy jail sentences given to three siblings and the brother-in-law of Ankara-based scholar Erkin Amet, who learned of their jailing a year after the indictment was released in January 2019.

Front page of this indictment record describing the fees and lengthy prison sentences awarded to three sisters and the brother-in-law of Ankara-based scholar Erkin Amet, that heard of their jailing annually following the indictment was published in January 2019.
Erkin Amet

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Reported by Azigh for RFA’s Uyghur Service. Translated from Mamatjan Juma for RFA’s Uyghur Service. Written in English by Paul Eckert.


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