Chinese police ask a group of people who were denied entry to the Urumqi Intermediate People's court to leave as the trial of Ilham Tohti begins in Urumqi, Sept. 17, 2014.

Trial of Uyghur Scholar Ilham Tohti Ends, Verdict To Come 'Soon'

'It is not a crime to express one's views, nor to carry out research,' Tohti tells the court.

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