East Turkestan: Execution Sparks Concern
Below is an article published by the World Uyghur Congress:
The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) expresses its deep concern over the execution of Ismail Semed, who was convicted nearly two years ago for "attempting to split the motherland." Mr. Semed was executed on February 8th around 9:00 a.m. in Urumchi.
"I am really concerned with Semed's execution because the Chinese authorities did not present credible evidence to convict him. His trial, like most Uyghur political prisoners' trials, was not fair," said Ms. Rebiya Kadeer, President of WUC.
According to Amnesty International (AI), Ismail Semed was convicted by the Urumqi Intermediate People's Court on October 31, 2005 for "attempting to split the motherland" and other charges related to possession of firearms and explosives. AI says, the possession of firearms charges against Ismail Semed appear to have been based on old testimonies taken from other Uyghurs, some of whom were reportedly executed in 1999. It is possible that their testimonies may have been extracted through torture.
AI states that the charge of "splittism" was based on second-hand testimony, which stated that Ismail Semed was a member of the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) and attended one ETIM meeting in 1997 in
Sources close to WUC say, the Chinese authorities allowed Ismail Semed's wife Buhajar and two children to see him one day before the execution. During the brief meeting, Semed told his wife that he was tortured to confess and all the charges brought against him were false. Semed reportedly told his wife that he was studying law in
Ismail Semed fled