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Sattar Sawut (沙塔尔·沙吾提)

Chinese ID: 65????19????????O? (place of origin unclear)

Age: unclear    Detention reason: "separatism"    Detention type: detention house
Gender: M    Detention time: Jan. 2017 - Mar. 2017    Health status: critical
Ethnicity: Uyghur    Profession: government    Location: Urumqi

List(s): Covered in international media

Testifying party

Justine, French citizen

Victim's relation to testifier

No relation, information is publicly available in the press.

About the victim

Satar Sawut
former director of the Xinjiang Education Supervision Bureau

Victim's location


When victim was detained

Early 2017

Probable (or official) reason for detention

According to one RFA source : "a message posted on a Chinese website in February 2017 said he was undergoing investigation for a serious breach of the party discipline. The post did not say what Sawut was accused of doing". Another source mentions a documentary shown in a political study meeting which depicted the case of Satar Awut who among others, is criticized "for attempting to split the country". Another media (BitterWinter) mentions charges of ethnic separatism.

[The official arrest notice from May 31, 2017 says 涉嫌受贿 (suspected bribery).]

Victim's status

Received the death penalty, suspended for two years.

[A Tweet from Ilshat Kokbore stated that he had allegedly died in detention, citing a "reliable source", but this has not been confirmed.]

How did the testifier learn about the victim's status?

Info in uyghur : http://uyghurvictims.org/index.php?title=Sattar_Sawut

Additional information


Supplementary materials

report of alleged death
People's Procuratorate‘s official notice
investigation notice

Entry created: 2018-11-02

Last updated: 2019-10-12

Latest update from testifier: 2019-03-13