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Alimujiang is a Christian of Uyghur ethnicity and has been a believer of Jesus for 14 years. Belief in Jesus has made great changes in Alimujiang’s life and has made him really a good citizen who loves his country and his people. In September 2007, Kashi Bureau for Ethnic Religious Affairs of Xinjiang issued to Alimujiang a “Notice of Confirmation of Engaging in Illegal Religious Infiltration in Kashi” which accused him of using his job to engage in religious infiltration activities in the Kashi region since 2002. It also accused him of spreading Christianity among people of Uyghur ethnicity and converting people to Christianity, which is serious violation of the law.
On January 12, 2008, Alimujiang was placed under criminal detention on the charge of “endangering the security of the state,” and was detained at Kashi Municipal Detention Center. On February 20, 2008, he was arrested on “suspicion of inciting secession and organizing people in stealing, spying, buying and illegally providing state secrets or intelligence to overseas organizations.” He has been detained at Kashi Municipal Detention Center since then and has not been allowed to see his family. After repeated requests from his attorney, authorities allowed his attorney to meet with him for the first time on April 18, 2008 for 15 minutes in which they were not allowed to talk about his case. The court date was scheduled for May 27, 2008. Yet, authorities refused to let the attorney meet with him for various reasons until the afternoon of May 23. At 6 p.m. on May 23, they finally agreed to let the attorney meet with him. They met for an hour. On May 27, the day the court opened for the case, they did not have evidence to charge him with. The court was adjourned and the case was returned [to the Public Security Bureau] for additional investigation. There was no news about Alimujiang until September 2008.
Finally, in mid-September, the procuratorate said he had once again submitted the case to the court. The procuratorate also said that the court was always saying: “Let’s wait. They are very busy and do not have time to study this case. The people handling this case are on business trips and study trips.” Authorities also came up with other reasons to shift responsibility. When we witnessed that Kashi Procuratorate and Kashi Court shifted the matter back and forth between themselves and never gave us a reply, we went to the Supreme People’s Procuratorate and Supreme People’s Court of the Autonomous Region. However, they said to us: “If Kashi hasn’t transferred the case to us according to the normal legal procedure, there is no way we can interfere. Therefore, there is nothing we can do.”
At the end of October, someone in the court said: “Because there is still no evidence like before, therefore, the court won’t open. People from several agencies will find a time to meet with each other and will come up with a decision.” We waited for another period of time and there was still no news. Then we began to contact the procuratorate and the court every day and requested that they give us a reply. However, the two agencies “kicked the ball to and fro” with excuses, such as “busy,” “no time,” “we have to study,” “people from upper levels are coming down for an inspection,” etc. Gradually, none of the authorities in the agencies would come out to receive us, then the guards would kick us out. When the attorney called them, they either did not answer the call or the person answering the phone would say: “They are very busy and they don’t have time. They are at a meeting. Please call later” and so on and so forth. The attorney was not able to reach them by the phone.
Since there was still no news as of December, we began to try to find people in Kashi National People’s Congress and Committee of Political Science and Law, asking them to fight for justice for us. Yet, they would not let us see the people in charge or the leaders and they tried to refer us to the court. Unable to see the leaders, we had only to submit our application and other related materials to the Office of Letters and Calls. We also mailed our letters to the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, Committee of Political Science and Law, mayor of Kashi Municipality, etc.
After the Spring Festival of 2009, the court said: “The procuratorate, the court and several other work units had a meeting prior to the New Year on this case, but they didn’t reach an agreement. Therefore, the case has been submitted to the prefecture Party committee.” An inside source said that the case was not submitted to the prefecture Communist Party committee, but to Urumqi [the capital city level in Xinjiang Uyghur Antonymous Region where the case would be tried at the highest governmental level]. Anyway, there were different versions.
It has been almost one year and two months since Alimujiang was taken away. As for how we, his family members, feel, it is hard to describe in words. In these 14 months, especially since May 27, 2008, there has been no news about him at all, or communication with him either. Though only a wall separates us, yet we feel he is so far away from us. As all the efforts of the family members have produced no results, we have has a strong desire recently. That is, we hope the attorney can come and deal with and communicate with the court and other work units. At least, they should let us meet him and hopefully report that he is doing okay. I can’t imagine how he feels when he knows that we have been going here and there all the time only to see our hopes are dashed again and again and he doesn’t have any news about his family and the outside world.
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