I wrote this on July 11 on the occasion of the forcible repatriation of over one hundred Uyghur men from Thailand to the PRC amid PRC allegations that the Turkish government, in addition to providing diplomatic and consular support to the Uyghurs, had crossed a line by providing fake travel documents:
After watching the material, Memetaili felt the urge to "sacrifice" for his religious beliefs. The group then introduced him to a "fellow countryman" abroad, who asked Memetaili to join him.
"I was required to dispose of my clothes that had Chinese on them, my ID card, and even socks," he said.
"They told us if we were arrested in Thailand, we should say we were from Turkey," he said, adding local police could not repatriate them because they had no identification on them.
In Malaysia, Memetaili and other migrants were taken to the Turkish embassy.
"We told the people in the embassy that we were illegal migrants and could not go back, or we would be arrested. They agreed to help us, sent a letter to the Malaysian government and issued identifying papers based on our real names," he said.
With the identification from the Turkish embassy and counterfeit passports they made themselves, they were able to buy air tickets to go to Turkey.
"If we were arrested at the airport, officials from the Turkish embassy would admit that we were their nationals, even though the passports were crudely made," he said.
In Turkey, Memetaili found that several different groups, including the World Uygur Congress and the U.N.-listed terrorist group of Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM), were competing to manipulate them.
"Some of us were sent to Syria. If you wanted to join ISIS, some other people would take you there," he said.
[It’s unclear what happened to Memetaili after he became disillusioned with IS in Syria.]
[Another case history]
Chinese police arrested several terrorists who sneaked into China and prepared to commit terror and violence in 2015.
Ekber is one of them. He received training from the ETIM in Syria and was sent back to China to conduct terrorist attacks.
Instigated by "Aili," Ekber went back to China in early 2015 and planned to conduct a terrorist attack in Shijiazhuang, capital city of Hebei Province, which neighbors Beijing.
The appeal was filed Wednesday after consultations with Turkish officials in Jakarta, according to defense attorney Asludin Hatjani.
“Currently we are waiting for a memorandum of appeal from the High Court.”
Turkey’s involvement corroborates that his clients are Turkish, he said.
“I can confirm they are citizens of Turkey, because their documents themselves are still recognized by the embassy and the police. Even the court itself stated their nationality is Turkish,” Asludin said.
“How is it that a citizen doesn’t know the national anthem of his own country? I’m Indonesian. My national anthem is ‘Indonesia Raya,’” Nana said in court on June10.
The men’s citizenship could determine where they are sent once the trial is over, she later told BenarNews.
“Going forward, their citizenship status may influence the extradition agreement between Indonesian officials and the government of Turkey or China,” Nana said.
“If they are not Turkish citizens, possibly the court will destroy their passports.”
Earlier, the National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) indicated that the four Uyghurs could be extradited to China after their trials.
They flew to Jakarta, and visited Bogor and Bandung in Java before flying on to Makassar, in Sulawesi.
Shortly thereafter police arrested the four in Central Sulawesi province. Police said they were on their way to join the Eastern Indonesia Mujahideen (MIT), which is believed to be based in Poso regency in Central Sulawesi.
MIT is believed to have sworn allegiance to IS, and its leader Santoso – Indonesia’s most wanted terrorist – has welcomed foreign mujahideen to join the group, security officials say.
“We have no other intention but vacation,” Basit testified in court.
The possibility that the Turkish government is systematically playing the Uyghur militant card to increase its leverage in the Middle East and Central Asia as yet unproven. But, motives aside, it is difficult to entertain the idea that "passports for Uyghurs" was a local brainwave of Turkish consulates and not a decision taken somewhere high up in the Turkish government.
In any case, the Indonesian affairs indicates to me that blowback from the reckless passport program—enabling pretty unequivocal terrorist activities--has already begun.
Chinese people are clear that some Western forces are pushing the terrorist activities in Xinjiang.