For­eign­ers de­tained over banned videos

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

China de­tained nine for­eign tourists — five South Africans, three Bri­tons and one In­dian — for sus­pected ties to a “terror group” af­ter author­i­ties ac­cused them of watch­ing banned videos.

China’s For­eign Min­istry said on Wed­nes­day that the nine were “crim­i­nally de­tained” — a term mean­ing the sus­pects have likely been charged and could be pros­e­cuted — and that 11 oth­ers had been de­ported.

Law en­force­ment author­i­ties in the In­ner Mon­go­lia au­ton­o­mous re­gion, where the group was de­tained, are in touch with diplo­matic and con­sular of­fi­cials from their coun­tries.

The group was on a 47-day his­tor­i­cal tour of the coun­try when they were de­tained at an air­port in the In­ner Mon­go­lian city of Er­dos.

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