Malaysian authorities arrested Uighur Muslim man from China

Vastavam web: Malaysian authorities have arrested a Uighur Muslim man from China who was part of a group who made a dramatic escape from an immigration detention centre in Thailand, police said today.Asri Yusoff, police chief in the northern Malaysian state of Kedah, said the fugitive was picked up near the border with Thailand’s Sadoa district, where the Thai immigration center is located.Local people tipped off police which led to the Uighur man’s arrest, Asri said, adding that police have stepped up border surveillance and are distributing posters of the escapees to the public.
A group of 25 Uighurs used blankets to climb out of their cells in a daring pre-dawn escape from their cell in southern Thailand on Monday.
Five of them were arrested in Thailand on the same day and one more was detained yesterday, according to the Thai police.Uighurs intercepted in Thailand often say they are Turkish as Turkey shares ethnic links with them and accepts those who flee from China’s restive Xinjiang region.Thailand does not grant asylum to refugees but has said Uighurs can remain in Thai custody until their citizenship is established, with some 61 currently in detention across the country.