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BREAKING: South Africans, Britons In China’s Detention Over ‘Terror’ Videos

Nine foreign tourists identified as South Africans, Britons and an Indian national, are now in China’s detention for suspected ties to a “terror group” after Chinese authorities accused them of watching banned videos.
According to Reuters report, China’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that 11 others would be deported and the nine were “criminally detained” – a term meaning the suspects have likely been charged and could be prosecuted. All are suspected of violating the law, the ministry said, without specifying what they had done.
The report also stated that “Law enforcement authorities in Inner Mongolia, where the group was detained, are in touch with diplomatic and consular officials from the countries, the ministry added.
“Imtiaz Sooliman, head of the Gift of the Givers Foundation, a South African charity, quoted Chinese authorities as saying some of those arrested had been watching propaganda videos from a banned group while in their hotel room.
“Family members of some of the detainees asked Gift of the Givers, which has conducted hostage negotiations, to speak to the press on their behalf.
“Shameel Joosub, chief executive of South African telecoms firm Vodacom Group Ltd, said members of his family were among those detained. Sooliman said the group – five South Africans, three Britons and one Indian national – also included a veteran of the African National Congress’ military wing, which was co-founded by Nelson Mandela.”
However, Sooliman is quoted to have said that “There’s no way possible that they were part of any terrorist group.”
The government of UK has also responded to the incident through a British Foreign Office spokeswoman who said: “Consular staff have visited the group to provide assistance and we are liaising with Chinese authorities.”
The South Africa Embassy in China is yet to comment on the issue, while an Indian Embassy spokesman said he had no information on the matter, the report says.
South Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa visit to China coincides with the incidents, and the Givers were reported to have called on Ramaphosa to raise the issue with Chinese leaders.

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