Xinjiang Uighur official investigated for corruption: PRC
A senior ethnic Uighur official in People’s Republic of China (PRC)controlled violence-racked Xinjiang is being investigated for corruption, a government notice said Sunday, as central authorities widen a highly publicized anti-corruption probe.
Alimjan Maimaitiming, secretarygeneral of the local government of the far-western region, is being probed for suspected “serious disciplinary violations,” the Communist Party’s anti-corruption watchdog said, using a common term for corruption.
The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) gave no further details of the charges in the brief statement posted on its website.
Violent attacks and unrest have been on the rise in recent years both across the PRC and in Xinji- ang, home to the mostly Muslim Uighur minority.
Beijing has blamed what it describes as “terrorist” incidents on violent separatists from the vast, resource-rich region, where information is often difficult to verify independently.
Last October, the Uighur mayor of the oasis town of Hotan, in Xinjiang’s southwest, was held as part of a corruption investigation.
Rights groups accuse Communist China’s government of cultural and religious repression that they say fuels unrest in Xinjiang, which borders Central Asia.
Under PRC leader Xi Jinping, the ruling Communist Party has repeatedly vowed to combat rampant corruption in the face of public anger over the issue.