Detainees are rarely freed, despite months of ‘training’ to undo ‘political incorrectness.’
The students were punished despite a probe which cleared them of any wrongdoing.
Authorities are also requiring households to hand over any prayer mats or other items bearing the symbols of Islam.
They also voice concerns over the conditions Ilham Tohti faces in prison.
Three students who were released believe authorities in the North African country may have deported them back to China.
The story was told by a 'terrified' friend under questioning by police, the woman's brother says.
The trial comes against a backdrop of growing security measures targeting the region's mostly Muslim ethnic minority groups.
The detainees had been following a live-stream of a recent fight by the former Chinese welterweight boxer who emigrated to Kazakhstan in 2011.
Five categories of people held extrajudicially and isolated from families without having committed any crimes.
Ethnic Kazakh Mahathir Halaman is handed a one-year jail term for ‘praying five times a day at home,’ regional sources say.
Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang deny reports from an ethnically Kazakh region that a man died in police custody on Eid al-Adha.