艾力 · 麦麦提
Suspected Reasons for Arrest or Detention
Travelling to Egypt and daughters studying abroad
Official Reason for Arrest or Detention
1 April 2017
Ali was a pharmacist and a businessman from Aksu. He was arrested, along with his wife Sitinisahen Gupur, on 1 April 2017. Ali’s daughter – who now lives in Turkey – found out about their arrest a few days later, through a family member in Xinjiang, while in Egypt studying with her sister.
According to Ali’s daughter, Ali was arrested once before in the beginning of 2017, but released after a couple of months. She heard from her father once after that release, he was at home. She added: “I could tell from his voice that there was something wrong. I had the feeling that he wanted to say something to us, but he couldn’t. He was worried about us.”
Through family friends, Ali’s daughter later learnt that Ali has been sentenced to 16 years in prison. It is unclear whether Ali had a trial or access to a lawyer of his choice. Ali’s daughter believes that her father is serving his sentence in a prison in Korla.
The official reasons for the imprisonment are unknown, but Ali’s daughter believes that her father is being punished because she and her sister studied in Egypt, and he travelled there to visit them.
Ali’s daughter describes him as a humble father, who cares for his daughters’ education and their future. She remembers him as always supportive of her and her sisters’ choices to study and live abroad, despite missing them very much. Ali was keen to buy a place for his daughters in Turkey so that they could move there after they finished their study in Egypt. She ended the interview saying: “I have this dream almost every night, that I have something to say to him, and that he wanted to say something to me, but I can, and he can’t.”
Date of Birth
10 April 1973