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China to prosecute top-ranking Uighur official for corruption

SHANGHAI: China's anti-corruption watchdog stated on Saturday it could prosecute Nur Bekri, one of the crucial highest-ranking ethnic Uighur officials within the country, over allegations of graft right through to his time as governor of Xinjian.

The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) stated in a remark that Bekri obstructed an investigation introduced in September and had failed to tell the truth.

Bekri was governor of Xinjiang between 2008-2014, keeping the second-highest position of power within the western region at the back of the Communist party secretary.

Bekri, who till December was director of China's National Energy Administration (NEA), could no longer be reached for comment.

The anti-corruption agency stated its investigation had found that he took good thing about his position to procure "a huge amount of wealth", either directly or thru family members.

He additionally allegedly gained bribes and demanded the provision of luxurious sedans and chauffeur services for his members of the family.

Bekri "led an extravagant life, was morally corrupt, and used his power for sex," the remark alleged.

The NEA stated in a remark on Sunday the struggle towards corruption in its management remained complicated and that it wanted to learn the teachings from the Bekri case.

His prosecution comes as the Chinese government ramps up surveillance and suppression of Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang, a gaggle it has long considered inclined to spiritual extremism.

Researchers estimate that as many as 1.5 million Uighurs are in detention centres, where they're matter to political indoctrination programmes.

The Chinese government has attempted to counter this, pronouncing the Uighurs are being despatched to vocational coaching centres.

Bouts of ethnic violence took place over the course of Bekri's tenure between the Uighurs in Xinjiang and the Han Chinese nationwide ethnic majority that led to the deaths of masses of folks.

As governor, Bekri supported insurance policies that restricted spiritual practices of the Muslim Uighurs, who make up a majority of the overall Uighur inhabitants.

He was additionally a proponent of training Xinjiang's Turkic-speaking college kids in Mandarin.

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