[ BEIJING, Dec 25 Agency France Press ]
Chinese authorities have released a leading dissident from the
country's Mongolian minority three years early, a local official
Tegexi, 37, was released from jail in Hohhot, capital of China's
Inner Mongolia region, on December 20, after having served seven
years of a ten-year prison sentence, said the official, who
declined to be named. "His sentence was reduced because of good
behavior," the official told AFP by telephone from Hohhot.
Tegexi, who like many other Mongolians has just one name, is now
being held incommunicado in Hohhot and no friends or relatives
are allowed to see him, the Southern Mongolian Democratic
Alliance said in a statement.
The New York-based group said Tegexi was arrested in December
1995 along with more than 70 others accused of engaging in
He had been the vice president of the Southern Mongolian
Democratic Alliance, which seeks greater autonomous rights for
ethnic Mongolians and promotes Mongolian language, history and
culture, the group said.
Like China's other fringe regions peopled by ethnic minorities,
is home to separatists feelings.
However, the separatist movement appears less active than the
one in China's western, Muslim-dominated Xinjiang region.