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29-07-06, 22:18
OTTAWA, BEIJING: FATE OF CANADIAN JAILED IN CHINA UNCERTAIN
Canada's foreign affairs department says it continues to ask the Chinese government for information about a Canadian who has vanished in Chinese custody and to demand consular access to him. A department spokeswoman says a diplomatic note has been sent to Beijing concerning the whereabouts of 37-year-old Huseyincan Celil. The official's remarks in Ottawa followed a report by The Globe and Mail newspaper which says that the Chinese authorities have refused to provide any information even though international law obliges them to allow consular visits to a jailed foreign national. Mr. Celil is an ethnic Uighur from the Autonomous Region of Uighur who was arrested in China for his legal work on behalf of the Uighurs. He escaped prison and came to Canada in 2001, becoming a citizen. He was arrested in Uzbekistan in March and deported last month. According to The Globe, he risks the death penalty for engaging in "separatist" activities.

http://www.rcinet.ca/rci/en/news/2006/07/20060718.shtml