Security sphere situation
FORMER HIGH-RANK CHINESE OFFICIAL SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR CONNECTION WITH ISLAMISTS
The judiciary of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in northwest China has uncovered crimes committed by former government official Shirzat Bawudun, a former government official who had conspired with a terrorist organization and carried out separatist activities under cover of his identity as an official, Xinhua News Agency reported on April 6.
Shirzat Bawudun, born in 1966 in Luopu County, Hotan Prefecture, was the head of the public security bureau of Moyu County of Hotan and the former head of the Xinjiang regional department of justice, said Wang Langtao, vice president of the Higher People's Court of Xinjiang, at a press conference on Tuesday.
The court found that Shirzat Bawudun colluded with the East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM), a UN-listed terrorist group, offered help to separatists and religious extremists, and collaborated with overseas separatist forces.
In May 2003, as head of the public security bureau of Moyu, he met with Tahir Abbas, a key member of ETIM, who came back to Moyu from abroad, plotting “national independence.” Shirzat Bawudun also promised at the meeting that he would try his best to help.
Shirzat Bawudun also instigated others to join ETIM and provided 1.2 million yuan (about 183,230 US dollars) and property. He also carried out illegal religious activities at his daughter's wedding. He accepted bribes amounting to 11.12 million yuan in total.
Shirzat Bawudun was convicted for “splitting the country.”
He also committed crimes including defecting to the enemy, illegally providing information to foreign forces, participating in a terrorist group, and supporting terrorist activities. He also used extremism to undermine law and order, gathered crowds to disturb the public order, took bribes and abused his power, the court said.
Shirzat Bawudun was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve, deprived of his political rights for life, and stripped of all personal property.