Refugees held at an immigration center say they would rather die of starvation than return to China.
Patigul Ghulam, detained after discussing her son’s case with RFA in 2014, was accused of leaking state secrets.
Family says youngster was on a job hunt as two other teenagers are also convicted of seeking to illegally depart the country.
The use of possibly fake passports interrupts religious pilgrimage for about 100 Muslims from Xinjiang.
Family members were also detained, but no word is available on their fate.