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Kaliolla Tursynuly

Chinese ID: 652522194905040055

Age: 55+    Detention reason: challenging authority    Detention type: formal prison
Gender: M    Detention time: Jan. 2018 - Mar. 2018    Health status: has problems
Ethnicity: Kazakh    Profession: other    Location: unclear

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Testifying party (submitted by third party)

Testimony 1: Berikbol Muqatai. He first came to Kazakhstan in 2003, going on to become a Kazakhstan citizen in 2008.

Testimony 2-7: Akikat Kaliolla, a musician. He was born on July 16, 1984. His Kazakh ID number is 043035711.

Relation to victim

Testimony 1: The victim is the testifier's brother-in-law.

Testimony 2-7: The victim is the testifier's father.

About the victim

Kaliolla Tursynuly (哈力尤拉·吐尔逊) used to work as a legal consultant in Emin County. He is a retired cadre from the Culture and Sports Department (文体局).

DOB: May 4, 1949. Chinese passport: E23021968.

Victim's location

Latest news is that he's been transferred (unclear to where).

When victim was detained

Testimony 6: March 15, 2018.

Reason given for detention

Testimony 5: Sentenced for "impeding state affairs".

Akikat's Facebook post: At the beginning of March 2018, local authorities in Emin beat to death a 43-year-old ethnic Kazakh man named Zhumakeldi, after which Zhumakeldi's relatives begged for Akikat's father to write a formal complaint, which the latter did and sent to Beijing. However, the letter was intercepted and on March 15 the authorities detained the victim, his wife, and their two sons.

Victim's status

G. A. Bunin: On January 25, 2019, Akikat Kaliolla told me 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 20-year prison sentence is an attempt to cover this up.

Akikat's Facebook post: 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 February 23, 2019, Akikat told me in a private correspondence that he had learned, from a reliable source, that his father had been transferred some time back, following different kinds of torture/abuse.

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 regarding the prison sentence by the officials.

Additional information

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/

Supplementary materials

Testimony 1
Testimony 2
Testimony 3
Testimony 4
Testimony 5
Testimony 6
Testimony 7
Akikat's Facebook post
Testimony 6 (English subtitles)