Abdughani Imin and Obulkasim Abliz

Released 4 February 2015 and 2 March 2013, respectively

Sentenced in October 2001 to 13 and 15 years’ imprisonment for “inciting splittism.”

According to a report in the summer 2005 issue of Dui Hua Dialogue, and to Dui Hua information based on official Chinese sources, public security officials in Yopurgha (Yuepuhu) county, located in Kashgar prefecture, detained Uyghurs Abdughani Imin and Obulkasim Abliz on 13 and 27 January 2000, respectively, after a third man confessed to police that the three men displayed the banned Uyghur national flag at the county court house on 10 December 1999.

The Kashgar Intermediate People’s Court sentenced Abliz on 10 October 2001, to 13 years’ imprisonment on the charge of “inciting splittism.” The court sentenced Imin on the same day to 15 years’ imprisonment, probably on the same charge.

Both men appealed to the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region High People’s Court, which rejected Abliz’s appeal on 22 January 2002, and Imin’s appeal on an unknown date.

Imin is serving his sentence in Xinjiang Prison No. 1, and Abliz is held in Xinjiang Prison No. 3.

Sources:

U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China, Entry for “Abdughani Imin” in Political Prisoner Database (CECC Record Number:  2005-00159), available at: http://ppd.cecc.gov/QueryResultsDetail.aspx?PrisonerNum=5656

U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China, Entry for “Obulkasim Abliz” in Political Prisoner Database (CECC Record Number:  2005-00160), available at: http://ppd.cecc.gov/QueryResultsDetail.aspx?PrisonerNum=5657