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2014-11-26 Wed 06:16
Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang put on trial seven former students of jailed Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti on “separatism' charges on Tuesday, according to a top human rights lawyer.
"The trial of the seven students in the Ilham Tohti case has just wrapped up," Beijing-based Li Fangping, one of Tohti's defense team, said Tuesday in a post on his microblog.
"The verdict will be announced at a later date."
Li wrote that one lawyer and two of the students had spoken in their defense and that all had pleaded "not guilty" to the charges against them.