Abduweli Ayup, an Uyghur scholar, lives in Norway and keeps track of missing and imprisoned Uyghurs in Xinjiang. On February 8, he posted on Twitter that Adil Abdurehim is currently in jail as a political prisoner.
According to Radio Free Asia (RFA) English website, Uyghur Adil Abdurehim (阿迪力 阿不都热衣木) carried the torch in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and was a loyal Chinese government official. However, a few years later, he became a “suspected terrorist” on the CCP’s blocklist, and they sentenced him to 14 years in prison for watching “counter-revolutionary videos.
Scholar Ayup told RFA that Chinese officials recruited Adil Abdurehim “to whitewash the atrocities Uyghurs are undergoing” in China’s Xinjiang province.
Ayup said that Adil Abdurehim’s name is on a Chinese government list of suspected terrorists. Last year, hackers obtained more than 1 million documents and surveillance records from the Shanghai Public Security Bureau. Hackers leaked over a million papers and surveillance recordings from Shanghai’s Public Security Bureau last year. There are more than 10,000 “suspected terrorists” on the list. Most of them are ethnic Uighurs, including minors and the elderly.
Labels such as “suspected terrorist”, counter-revolutionary, among others, are common terms used by the Chinese Communist Party when they want to persecute a person or a group.
According to DW Germany News, a list of torchbearers for the 2008 Urumqi Olympic Games published by the Chinese Sohu media shows that Adil Abdurehim is a member of the Culture and Sports Bureau of Shayibak District, Urumqi City. He was also a member of the Chinese Communist Party. He has served as a Russian translation host and can speak Chinese, Russian, English, and other languages.
According to the list’s preface, Adil Abdurehim has organized more than 300 cultural activities in the autonomous territory, including the 10th National Games, 11th National Games, Democracy Games, and the first Uzbekistan Games. In 2006, he also won the “Advanced Individual for Patriotism and Support of the Army.”
As a result of actively joining in national events, Adil Abdurehim became the torchbearer of the Beijing Summer Olympics in 2008 until his life took a sharp turn.