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Rights Groups Call Separatism Charges Against Uighur Scholar 'Ludicrous'

Rights groups called on China to release a prominent Uighur academic who has been charged with "splitting the state." Prosecutors on Wednesday formally indicted Ilham Tohti, a frequent critic of China's harsh treatment of minority Uighurs. The 44-year-old Tohti, who taught economics at Beijing's Central University for Nationalities, was arrested in January. Since his arrest, state media have implied Tohti was the the "brains" behind terrorist activity in the...

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