China sentenced Two top Uyghur former officials to death for ‘separatism’
Abliz Poskam, Voice of Uyghur, April 7, 2021
China has sentenced two top Uyghur former government officials to death with a reprieve for carrying out "separatist activities", Xinjiang Higher People's Court, as Beijing faces increasing pressure for its actions towards Uyghurs in the region.
Shirzat Bawudun, a former head of the Xinjiang department of justice has been sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve on the charge of "splitting the country",
Wang Langtao, vice president of the Xinjiang Higher People's Court, said at a press conference that Shirzat conspired with a terrorist organization, taken bribes, and carried out separatist activities.
Sattar Sawut -- former director of the Xinjiang education department -- was also sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve for “ crimes of separatism and taking bribes.”
According to the court, Sawut was found guilty of incorporating ethnic separatism, violence, terrorism, and religious extremism content into textbooks in the Uyghur language.
In China, the legal branch has been dependent on the government and listens to the Chinese Communist Party.
Amnesty International estimates China has been the top executioner of the world with thousands executed and sentenced to death each year.