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Search Results Detail for 'Gheyret Niyaz'
Personal Details
CECC Record Number: 2009-00448   Ethnic Group: Uyghur
Detention Status: DET   Sex: M
Issue Category: eth/spch   Age at Detention: 50
Main Name: Gheyret Niyaz   Religion:
Chinese Characters (Main Name): 海来特*尼亚孜 Occupation: journalist, Internet
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Additional Name(s): Hailaite Niyazi, Hairat Niyaz   Residence Province: Xinjiang Uyghur Auto. Region
Pinyin Name:   Residence Prefecture: Wulumuqi [Urumqi] Shi (pref.)
  Residence County: (na)
Imprisonment or Detention Details
Date of Detention: 2009/10/01
Current Prison: Xinjiang No. 3 Prison
Sentence Length (Years): 15
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Province Where Imprisoned (or Detained): Xinjiang Uyghur Auto. Region
Prefecture Where Imprisoned (or Detained): Wulumuqi [Urumqi] Shi (pref.)
County Where Imprisoned (or Detained): Wulumuqi [Urumqi] Shi Muni. Urb. Area (cty.)
Legal Process
Legal Process: chg/tri/sent   Formal Arrest Date: 2009/11/dd
Trial Court: Urumqi Intermediate People's Court   Trial Date: 2010/07/23
Sentence Court: Urumqi Intermediate People's Court   Sentence Date: 2010/07/23
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Charge (Statute): CL97-art111   Sent. Ends Per PRC:
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Short Summary
According to AP (via Guardian, 1 November 09, via Boston Herald, 23 July 10), RFA (22 July 10), and DH (Summer 2010), Gheyret Niyaz (Hailaiti Niyazi), a Uyghur journalist in Urumqi, Xinjiang, was taken from his home on October 1, 2009. His family was told on October 4 that he was under suspicion for endangering state security. He was formally arrested in November 2009. On July 23, 2010, the Urumqi Intermediate People's Court sentenced him to 15 years' imprisonment for endangering state security (ESS). A letter in his support (via CHRD and AI, 31 July 10) listed the ESS crime as leaking state secrets (Criminal Law Art. 111). Sources close to Gheyret Niyaz connected his case to interviews he gave to overseas media surrounding protests and riots in Urumqi in July 2009. In court, officials cited online essays that were critical of government policy in Xinjiang. Until June 2009, Gheyret Niyaz worked as an editor and manager for the Web site Uyghur Online, which officials later accused of contributing to incitement of rioting in July 2009. He also had worked for two Xinjiang newspapers. A Dui Hua report (24 August 12), confirmed Niyaz to be imprisoned in the Xinjiang No. 3 Prison.