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    In surprise move, China lets Celil meet sister Imprisoned Canadian complained of lack of medical attention, Uyghur-Canadian group leader says OMAR EL AKKAD
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      In surprise move, China lets Celil meet sister
      Imprisoned Canadian complained of lack of medical attention,
      Uyghur-Canadian group leader says

      OMAR EL AKKAD
      January 4, 2008
      http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080104.CELIL04/TPStory/


      In a rare event, Canadian citizen Huseyin Celil was allowed to meet
      one of his family members last week, as he continues to serve a life
      sentence in China.

      One of Mr. Celil's sisters, Meryem, met with the imprisoned Canadian
      for about 20 minutes, according to Mehmet Tohti, head of the Uyghur
      Canadian Association. It was the first time he had talked to his
      sister in 13 years, Mr. Tohti said. Mr. Celil was arrested in
      Uzbekistan and handed over to China in 2006. He was travelling on a
      Canadian passport at the time.

      Chinese authorities accused him of terrorism and charged him with
      engaging in violent separatist activities. In April, he was sentenced
      to life in prison. In violation of international agreements, Beijing
      has refused to grant Canadian officials access to him.

      The Canadian's story garnered international headlines last year, but
      Mr. Celil has largely disappeared from the news media spotlight since
      he began serving his life sentence.

      In his meeting with his sister, he complained of persistent kidney
      problems, for which he has received no medical attention, Mr. Tohti
      said.

      Mr. Celil is currently serving his life sentence in Bajiahu prison in
      northwest China. The prison has long been used to hold those accused
      by Chinese officials of separatist activities, especially members of
      the Muslim Uyghur minority.

      Mr. Celil also revealed to his sister that his lawyer in Beijing has
      about 30 pages of first-hand testimony that the prisoner was not
      allowed to present during his Chinese court hearing, Mr. Tohti said.

      The testimony would represent the first time Mr. Celil has given his
      side of the story since his imprisonment in Uzbekistan and subsequent
      deportation to China.

      In his meeting last week, he asked that the testimony be transferred
      from his Beijing lawyer, who has essentially exhausted all Mr. Celil's
      legal avenues in China, to Canadian embassy officials.

      Mr. Celil also asked his sister to plead with Canadian officials to
      arrange a phone call between the prisoner and his wife in Burlington,
      Ont., Mr. Tohti said. Mr. Celil has not seen or spoken to his wife
      since he was arrested.

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