Malaysia: 11 Uighurs freed, China irked
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 The decision was made after lawyers wrote to the Malaysian attorney general urging that the charges be withdrawn, Fahmi added.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.
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