迪力夏提 · 吾力拜依
Suspected Reasons for Arrest or Detention
Travelling to Kazakhstan
Official Reason for Arrest or Detention
The last time Dilshat’s sister heard from him was over a phone call in autumn 2017 when he was in Kazakhstan. The police in Urumqi asked him to return from Kazakhstan to Urumqi to “have a chat”. Dilshat’s passport was confiscated by the police upon arrival. Handcuffed behind his back, he was first taken to “vocational training” in March 2018 and later to a prison in September 2018 directly from a police station without any judicial process. He is believed to have been sentenced to 25 years imprisonment and to be held in a prison in Ghulja County. “Don’t ask why”, said the police to his family when they tried to inquire about the reasons for his detention. A retired journalist, Dilshat was also a professional literary translator.
Dilshat loves playing dombra and guitar, listening to music, singing to his family members and taking them to picnics at weekends. Very hardworking, he would continue his translation job at night even after long hours of working during the day. Dilshat’s two sisters, Bagila Oralbay, and, Bakytgul Oralbay, are also in detention.
Date of Birth
22 July 1962
Journalist & professional literary translator