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Chinese court upholds professor's life term; journalist goes on trial
Chinese court upholds professor's life term; journalist goes on trial

Chinese courts on Friday took up two cases followed closely by international human rights watchdogs, with judges upholding a life sentence for an outspoken scholar convicted of separatism and a trial beginning for a veteran journalist charged with leaking state secrets. Ilham Tohti, an economics professor and outspoken advocate for minority Uighurs, failed in his bid to overturn a life sentence handed to him in late September. The court did not grant a hearing, instead simply reading a prepared written statement of its final verdict to him in the detention center in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang province, where he is being held, his lawyer, Liu Xiaoyuan, said in a phone interview. ...

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