Uighur in Sweden Charged With Spying for China

A Swedish prosecutor has charged a Chinese-born Uighur living in Sweden with spying for China on other Uighur exiles.

Prosecutor Tomas Lindstrand says the suspect was arrested in June of this year for passing information to a Chinese diplomat and journalist, both employed by the Chinese state.

According to Lindstrand, the man gathered information, starting in January 2008, by attending meetings and conferences of Uighurs expatriates and pretending to sympathize with their cause. He then passed on details about their political views, refugee status, health and other information.

The man denies the charges.

Uighurs are a Turkic Muslim ethnic group from China's restive northwest region. Many Uighurs resent Beijing's heavy-handed rule in Xinjiang, and government restrictions of religion and culture.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and DAP.