China books Indian national for links to terror group

The group was on a 47-day tour of the country when they were detained at an airport in the Inner Mongolian city of Erdos.

By: Reuters | Beijing | Updated: July 15, 2015 7:12 pm
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A group of 20 foreign tourists including Britons, South Africans and an Indian national, have been arrested in northern China, according to reports by Britain’s Foreign Office and a South African charity, on suspicion some had ties to a “terror group”.

The Indian was charged under section 120 of China’s criminal law.

China has agreed to release 11 of the tourists, but the rest will continue to be held without charge at a detention centre in Inner Mongolia, the South African charity, Gift of the Givers Foundation, said.

Chinese authorities said some of those arrested had been watching propaganda videos from a banned group in their hotel room, the charity added in its statement.

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Five South Africans, three Britons and one Indian national make up the nine being held, it said.

“Consular staff have visited the group to provide assistance and we are liaising with Chinese authorities,” a British Foreign Office spokesman told Reuters.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry and the South African embassy did not immediately respond to a request for comment. An Indian embassy spokesman told Reuters he had no information on the matter.

Chinese law enforcement authorities could not be immediately reached for comment.

The group was on a 47-day tour of the country when they were detained at an airport in the Inner Mongolian city of Erdos. Their tour operator realised something had gone “horribly wrong” on Sunday, two days later, the foundation said, when he hadn’t heard from them.

“These individuals have no terror links, no criminal record in their country,” said Gift of the Givers, which has negotiated hostage releases.

“The families thank the South African government for their unwavering support and call upon the Chinese government to release the detainees immediately.”

Several of those detained are relatives of Shameel Joosub, chief executive of telecoms company Vodacom Group Ltd., the charity added.

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  1. C
    Jul 15, 2015 at 12:30 pm
    95% terrorists == Muslims. Religion does matter ... law of probabilities need to be taken into account.
    1. S
      Jul 15, 2015 at 1:10 pm
      It is press propaa of press to blame muslims you will be happy to know that maximum terrorist in india are hindus and people's from north and north east know the facts before putting Something in writing sham on you
      1. B
        Babu Gupta
        Jul 15, 2015 at 5:10 pm
        Sickulars in India will b China as anti-Indian minority, while commies who join sickulars, will keep totally quiet. But world should remember that the philosophy of religion (of peace and compion) is very violent, intolerant and destructive the way some can interpret it.
        1. b
          Jul 15, 2015 at 11:07 am
          Stay away from China
          1. N
            Jul 15, 2015 at 1:45 pm
            i am from north India. i don't feel that you are saying true of most Hindu's being terrorists. i don't even link it with Muslims. Terrorists are just criminals not from a religion. but color of religion always given by parties for their political benefits.
            1. D
              Jul 15, 2015 at 9:26 pm
              Let the investigation go on
              1. D
                Jul 15, 2015 at 7:15 pm
                Well done China....these Indias are all bollywood
                1. L
                  Jul 16, 2015 at 4:14 am
                  Arvind is right, London bombers were Tablighees, the proof is with Scotland Yard (London Police).
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