A Uyghur Muslim who claims to have been savagely tortured in a Chinese concentration camp says he was prepped to have his organs harvested.
Kazakh national Omir Beali is one of a handful of prisoners to escape from camps in China’s Xinjiang region.
Omir, who had visited China often as he ran a tourism company, was bundled into a vehicle by police officers as he visited his mother in Turpan, Xinjiang, in May 2017.
Suggestions that he had invited Chinese people to Kazakhstan and helped them with visa paperwork were soon replaced with accusations of "instigating terrorism”, The Mirror reported.
He was locked into a police station for over a week with his hands shackled and a hood over his head before a doctor came to take blood and check his organs.
Omir believes he was being prepped to have his organs harvested. Soon after, he says he was tortured with an iron whip and had his hands smashed with hammers.
Around one million Muslims from Kazakh and Uyghur backgrounds are thought to be locked up there by the state against their will, in what the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) insists on calling "re-education camps".
Omir told Mirror Online: “I was tied to a chair called a tiger chair. All my flesh was tightened with wood and my hands were smashed with some hammers.
"With iron whips they whipped me on the back and the front side."
At one point ropes were tied to Omir's hands and feet and he was hoisted into the air so his stomach could be beaten from below, in a method called 'the flying person'.
The 44-year-old continued: "I was in prison for seven months and ten days. I was almost frightened and lost hope for a while. I was only tortured on the feet but not on the internal organs.
"They left them perfect. They never touched them."
Omir, who said the regime is carrying out genocide and called for the West to step in, was only released when his wife campaigned in Kazakhstan.
She also wrote to the country’s Chinese ambassador who passed on the complaint to his Chinese counterpart, who successfully lobbied for Omir's release.
Although the details of Omir's experience are impossible to verify, the fact he was held is confirmed by an official release notice from the Karamay City pre-trial detention centre.
Since his release Omir has fled to Turkey, where he has made it his work to expose the situation in Xinjiang.
He claims to have received death threats from Chinese officials after going public.
In order to make his story known Omir has joined forces with the China Tribunal, an independent group of lawyers based in the UK who have investigated claims of organ harvesting in China.
The CCP has long asserted that its policy of reeducation was founded to stamp out Uyghur militarism it claims is widespread in the north west of the country, where separatists have historically fought for freedoms.
The World Uyghur Congress argues these claims are overblown and that the movement is peaceful and non-violent.