|July 25, 2007
Hada is serving his jail term in the Inner Mongolia
Jail No.4 in Chifeng City (SMHRIC photo)
July 25 (Reuters) - China has not mistreated an ethnic Mongolian
Chinese political prisoner despite accusations by his wife and a
rights group, an official said on Wednesday, adding he would
serve his full jail term.
Hada was tried behind closed doors in China's northern Inner
Mongolia region in 1996 and sentenced to 15 years in jail for
separatism and spying and his support for the Southern Mongolian
Democratic Alliance, which sought greater rights for ethnic
Amnesty International considers Hada a prisoner of conscience
and has expressed fears that he had been tortured and about his
"According to the information that we know, this has not
happened," Inner Mongolian Governor Yang Jing told reporters on
the sidelines of a news conference in Beijing. "He receives
equal treatment before the law.
"He was judged according to the law, and we cannot interfere in
the legal process," he said, when asked if Hada may be released
early as a good will gesture ahead of the 2008 Beijing Olympic
understand this hope. China has its own laws and we will act
according to those laws."
Hada's wife, Xinna, told Reuters that her husband was still
being treated poorly in jail.
"Everything he (Yang) said was rubbish," she said by telephone
from Inner Mongolia's capital, Hohhot. "I send Hada newspapers
in jail but he never gets them. His health is very poor."
He was in jail in Chifeng, a city in Inner Mongolia northeast of
Hada ran a Mongolian-language bookshop in Hohhot, along with
Xinna. Inner Mongolia is supposed to have a high degree of
autonomy, but like Tibet and Xinjiang in the far west, Beijing
in practice keeps a tight rein on the region, fearing ethnic
unrest in the country's strategic border areas.