Malaysia: 11 Uighurs freed, China irked

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - —AFP

Malaysia has freed 11 eth­nic Uighur Mus­lims who es­caped from im­mi­gra­tion de­ten­tion in Thai­land, their lawyer said Fri­day, ig­nor­ing a re­quest from Bei­jing to de­port the group to China.

In the dra­matic breakout last Novem­ber, 25 mem­bers of the per­se­cuted mi­nor­ity used blan­kets to climb out of their cells in a dar­ing pre-dawn escape from im­mi­gra­tion de­ten­tion in south­ern Thai­land.

Eleven of them, all men, es­caped over­land to neigh­bour­ing Malaysia, where they were caught and charged with il­le­gal en­try. South­ern Thai­land and Malaysia share a com­mon bor­der, which is eas­ily pen­e­tra­ble.

The group were freed and flew to Turkey on Tues­day, their lawyer Fahmi Ab­dul Moin said. “Prose­cu­tors de­cided to drop all charges on hu­man­i­tar­ian grounds,” he said. The de­ci­sion was made af­ter lawyers wrote to the Malaysian at­tor­ney gen­eral urg­ing that the charges be with­drawn, Fahmi added.

China’s For­eign Min­istry said it was look­ing into the re­ports, but said it was op­posed to “il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion.” “These peo­ple are Chi­nese, and we are firmly against send­ing them to third coun­tries,” it said.

—AFP

A bi­plane made by a French sol­dier in 1916 with the wreck­age of the Ger­man Ze­pellin LZ77 which was shot down in 1916 by the 17th sec­tion of auto-guns at Re­vi­gny (Meuse), kept at the house of Serge and Chan­tal Gi­u­dice in Balma, south-western France, which has sev­eral hun­dred ob­jects of all kinds from the World War I

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