Uighur refugee jailed for spying
A 62-year-old Uighur who has lived in Sweden as a political refugee for the past 13 years has been jailed for spying on Uighur expatriates on behalf of China. Babur Maihesuti, a Swedish citizen, was found guilty of ”aggravated illegal espionage activity” and was on Monday sentenced to 16 months, the Stockholm District Court said. From January 2008 until June 2009, Maihesuti collected personal information about exiled Uighurs, including details on their health, travel and political involvement. He passed the information on to a Chinese diplomat and a Chinese journalist who, on assignment from the Chinese intelligence service, carried out operations in Sweden for the Chinese state. ”The activity has taken place in secret through a special system of telephone calls [and] was also deceptive since the man did not tell the Uighurs he was dealing with he was working for the Chinese state,” the court said.