Chinese authorities in the northern region of Inner Mongolia have tried an ethnic Mongolian writer in secret on "separatism" charges, a rights group said on Friday. Lhamjab A. Borjigin, 75, stood trial on April 4 on charges of "separatism" and "sabotaging national unity," the New York-based Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center (SMHRIC) reported.
"The trial started at 9:00 a.m. on April 4 and ended around 12:00 p.m. at the Shiliinhot Municipal People’s Court," the group quoted a recorded audio message from Lhamjab as saying. "None of my family members were allowed to attend," he said. "I was denied the right to bring my lawyer to defend myself."