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Uighur Scholar Tohti Jailed for Life for Inciting Separatism

Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti was sentenced to life in prison after he was convicted of promoting separatism in the northwest Chinese region of Xinjiang in a verdict that underlines China’s intolerance toward criticism of its ethnic policies.

The court also ordered the seizure of all of Tohti’s assets, one of his defense lawyers, Li Fangping, said by telephone, adding that the harshness of the sentence was surprising. Tohti, 45, plans to appeal the verdict within 10 days, he said.