Testifying party (submitted by third party)
Testimony 1: Berikbol Muqatai came to Kazakhstan in 2003 and obtained Kazakhstani citizenship in 2008.
Testimony 2-9: Akikat Kaliolla was born on July 16, 1984; his ID number is 043035711.
Victim's relation to testifier
Testimony 1: brother-in-law
Testimony 2-9: father
About the victim
Kaliolla Tursynuly (哈力尤拉·吐尔逊) worked as a legal consultant in Emin County, and is a retired cadre.
Address: Dorbiljin (Emin) County, Targabatai (Tacheng) Region, Yili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture, Xinjiang, China
DOB: May 4, 1949. Chinese passport: E23021968.
[G. A. Bunin: on May 22, 2019, Akikat reported his father having been transferred to Yining Prison some time back.]
Testimony 9: Akikat has heard that he is in Wusu prison.
When victim was detained
Testimony 6: March 15, 2018.
Probable (or official) reason for detention
Testimony 5: sentenced for "impeding state affairs"
According to Akikat, local authorities beat to death a 43-year-old ethnic Kazakh man named Zhumakeldi at the beginning of March 2018, after which Zhumakeldi's relatives begged for Akikat's father to write a complaint, which the latter did and sent to Beijing. However, the letter was intercepted and on March 15 the authorities detained the whole family.
G. A. Bunin: Akikat Kaliolla told me on January 25, 2019 that he had just learned that day that his father had been sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Testimony 4: he has been suffering from liver cirrhosis and hypotension.
Testimony 6: Has long suffered from liver cirrhosis, heart disease, and rheumatic arthritis. He's also had surgery done on his leg before for a comminuted fracture. Akikat fears that he may have passed away or is critically ill, and that the sentence is an attempt to cover this up.
Testimony 8: While in detention, he only had steamed buns three times a day.
Akikat also says that his father was taken to the hospital in handcuffs in April 2018, before being taken away again following treatment. There has been no concrete news since.
[G. A. Bunin: on May 22, 2019, Akikat announced having learned that his father was paralyzed from the waist down and had been transferred to the Yining Prison, probably last year.]
Testimony 9: He was shackled the entire time in detention, with his cellmates having to help him with everything (going to the toilet, eating, etc.) Because his teeth had all fallen out, the steamed bread he'd be fed would need to be broken up and put into hot water first. His condition has only worsened after being transfered to Wusu prison.
Testimony 10: Akikat has met two victims who were in the same detention center with his father and according to them they witnessed cruelty to him when they were inside the facility: he was beaten up in a dark room until he became unconscious at the age of 71 by the detention center staff. They asked him to confess. After Kazakhstan government presented a note to the Chinese side, they started healing him again.
How did the testifier learn about the victim's status?
Akikat Kaliolla's wife went to the Chinese consulate in Almaty and was told the news about the 20-year sentence by the officials there.
This family's story has also been featured in the AFP story: https://www.yahoo.com/news/kazakh-families-torn-apart-chinas-xinjiang-crackdown-032511957.html
Global Voices has also covered Akikat's story: https://globalvoices.org/2019/02/09/i-wont-stop-kazakh-man-seeks-justice-for-family-caught-in-chinas-xinjiang-crackdown/
Coverage by the Apple Daily: https://uat-xinjiangcamps.appledaily.com/%E5%B0%8B%E8%A6%AA%E8%80%85/%E9%98%BF%E9%BB%91%E5%93%88%E6%8F%90-%E5%93%88%E5%8A%9B%E5%B0%A4%E6%8B%89/%E5%85%A8%E6%96%87
Entry created: 2018-10-23
Last updated: 2019-10-21
Latest update from testifier: 2019-09-20