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Imam Sulayman

Imam Sulayman

Sentenced in April 2010 to two years in prison  for “splittism”.

According to Radio Free Asia, public security officials in Yining (Ghulja), Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture, East Turkestan, detained Imam Sulayman, a Uyghur man from Ghulja, in 2009. Authorities alleged that he had viewed a video about Hesen Mexsum, former leader of the East Turkistan Islamic Movement, and accused Imam Sulayman of splittism, a crime under Article 103 of China’s Criminal Law. A court sentenced him in April 2010 to two years in prison. A source familiar to the case reported that Imam Sulayman is now serving his sentence at a prison in Urumqi.


Radio Free AsiaGhuljida 2 uyghur cheklengen widio körgenliki üchün qamaqqa höküm qilinghan, 25 August 2010, available at:

U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on ChinaEntry for “Imam Sulayman” in Political Prisoner Database (CECC Record Number:  2010-00345), available at:

[Last updated: October 2019]