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Sairagul Sauytbay in an Almaty courtroom in July 2018

An ethnic Kazakh Chinese national whose court testimony helped expose so-called "reeducation camps" in northwestern China has left Kazakhstan after Kazakh officials denied her asylum.

A lawyer for Sairagul Sauytbay told RFE/RL that her client and her family members left Kazakhstan on June 3 for Sweden.

The lawyer, Aiman Omarova, wrote earlier on Facebook that Sauytbay had left for an unnamed country, which she referred to as "one of the most developed countries of the world."

Sauytbay, an ethnic Kazakh Chinese national, has been trying to get political asylum in Kazakhstan after an Almaty court in August found her guilty of illegal border crossing but ordered her release and said she will not be deported to China.

Sauytbay fled China in April last year and testified at her trial that thousands of ethnic Kazakhs, Uyghurs, and other Muslims in the northwestern province of Xinjiang were undergoing "political indoctrination" in a network of "reeducation camps."

WATCH: Kazakhs Say Relatives Being Held In China At 'Reeducation Camps' (from September 2018)

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UN human rights officials said in August that an estimated 1 million ethnic Uyghurs were being held in "counterextremism centers" in China and millions more have been forced into reeducation camps.

The UN said the northwestern Xinjiang Province had been turned into "something that resembles a massive internment camp."

Sauytbay testified that Chinese authorities had forced her to train "political ideology" instructors for reeducation camps.

That, she said, gave her access to secret documents about what she called a Chinese state program to "reeducate" Muslims from Xinjiang's indigenous ethnic communities -- mainly Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, Tajiks, and Hui, also known as Dungans.

Uyghurs are the largest indigenous community in Xinjiang, followed by Kazakhs. The Han, China's largest ethnicity, are the second-largest community in Xinjiang.

China has denied the allegations.

Danil Lysenko from Russia celebrates after the winning clearance in the men's high jump final at the 2018 IAAF World Indoor Athletics Championships in Birmingham, England, on March 1, 2018.

Athletics' anti-doping watchdog is investigating claims that Russian officials tried to cover up a doping case involving high jumper Danil Lysenko.

Britain's Sunday Times reported on June 2 that officials from the Russian Athletics Federation (RUSAF) conspired to help Lysenko avoid a ban for failing to inform drug testers about his whereabouts last year.

The newspaper reported that Russian officials filed forged medical documents to the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), which investigates doping cases in the sport.

The documents came from fake doctors operating from a bogus clinic based in Moscow, the newspaper reported.

The case could scuttle Russia's efforts to end its suspension from international track and field in time for the 2020 Olympics in Japan.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the world ruling body for athletics, is due to rule next week on whether to maintain the ban.

The AIU said it was looking into "a matter relating to the explanation provided by a Russian athlete in defense of a whereabouts violation in 2018."

RUSAF said in a June 2 statement that it was cooperating with the AIU in its probe.

RUSAF has been suspended since a 2015 report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) found evidence of widespread doping in the sport.

Lysenko was one of the Russian athletes cleared to compete internationally by the IAAF. But he was provisionally suspended in August 2018 for missing doping tests.

Based on reporting by The Sunday Times, Reuters, and AFP

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