He has been held in captivity for over a year and the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has declared his detention to be arbitrary.
Astronishingly, the decision of the court has already been decided. His wife and mother - who is forbidden to attend the trial - has been informed "he will not be released without charges" (3).
I do not share Alimujiang Yimiti's beliefs but - unlike the Bastards of Beijing and, it seems, Barak Obama - I cherish his right to hold them.
1 - "Obama declares new era of co-operation with China," by Martin Crutsinger, published by Associated Press, reproduced in The Independent, 28th of July, 2009. (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/obama-declares-new-era-of-cooperation-with-china-1763489.html)
2 - "China: Uighur Christian faces trial for 'revealing state secrets'," unattributed article, posted on www.christian today.com, published 27th of July, 2009. (http://www.christiantoday.com/article/china.uighur.christian.faces.trial.for.revealing.state.secrets/23883.htm)
3 - ibid.