A country without law

Abdukiram Abduveli, an Uighur religious scholar from Kuchar (Kuche in Chinese) county in Xinjiang
autonomous region of People’s Republic of China, aged 56 in 2010. He was arrested on 16
November, 1990 and sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment and four years’ deprivation of political
rights in May 1993 on “counter-revolutionary” charges. At his trial, Abduveli was found guilty on two
political charges: “organising a counter-revolutionary group” and “carrying out counter-revolutionary
propaganda and agitation”.

According to the court verdict, the first charge referred to the organisation of a political party called the
“Islamic Reformist Party”, which Abdukiram Abduveli and four other Uighurs had allegedly planned to
form in October 1990. Abduveli, however, was arrested soon after, before the group had undertaken
any activities and long before others in the group were arrested in 1992, this includes Erkin Aburrazak
who finished his term and currently living in Istanbul, Turkey. The charge of “organising a counter-
revolutionary group” was therefore added later.

According to the court verdict, the second charge against Abduveli referred to his religious activities:
he was accused of having gone to various places from 1988-89, taking part in religious activities to
explain the Koran and advocating spreading the religion. The court claimed that he had advocated
violence, allegedly saying things like “we must clean people’s mind of poisonous Marxist theory and
replace it with the Koran, Hadith, and the Prophet’s teachings”. The court verdicts said there were
“witnesses’ statements and material evidence” as evidence of his “crimes”, but did not give details.

He was tried in a “closed” hearing and did not have a lawyer to represent him. It indicates that the
charges against him may have been manipulated in order to ensure his conviction. The addition of this
charge at a late stage raises strong doubts as to the nature of the evidence against him both on this
count and on the other charge.

According to this court verdict he should finish his jail term in 2003 and set free. Sadly, in March 2003
Abdukiram Abduveli had been sentenced to a further 3 years’ imprisonment – on unknown grounds.
Again, just at the time of this new release date November 2005, he was awarded a second 3-year
extension to his sentence. He is therefore not due for release until November 2008. Recently in 2010
the family members visited him in No. 3 prison in Urumchi, the prison authority told them that the term
will be extended for another three years without showing any evidence.