China court jails 3 for neddle attack in Urumqi

A court in Uighur region has sentenced three suspects accused of joining in an outburst of needle-stabbing.

China court jails 3 for neddle attack in Urumqi

A court in Uighur region has sentenced three suspects accused of joining in an outburst of needle-stabbing.

The Intermediate Court of Urumqi, capital of East Turkistan region, on Saturday announced the jail sentences of up to 15 years against the suspects -- the first to appear before a judge over the scare -- the official Xinhua news agency reported.

Muhutaerjiang Turdi, a 34-year-old man, and Aimannisha Guli, a 22-year-old woman, were jailed for 10 years and 7 years respectively, accused of using a syringe to threaten a taxi driver and steal 710 yuan ($103), Xinhua reported.

In a separate trial in the same court, Yilipan Yilihamu, 19, was sentenced to 15 years' jail, accused of using a pin to jab a woman while she bought fruit, said Xinhua.

The report did not give the ethnicity of the suspects, but their names left little doubt they are Uighurs, a Muslim Turkic people who claim Xinjiang as their homeland.

Urumqi has been struggling to return to order after panic and protests over claims about used syringe attack between residents.

Uighur demonstrators took the streets in Urumqi on July 5 to protest against Han Chineses' attacks on Uighurs workers at a factory in south China in June which left two Uighurs dead. Hans in Urumqi sought bloody revenge two days later.

World Uighur Congress said that near 800 Uigurs were killed during a week-violence after Han Chineses attacks and following intervention of China forces. The China governmnet put the death toll 197.

Five people died in unrest in Urumqi last week when thousands of Han Chineses protested, asking the resignation of veteran Communist Party chief. Officials have refused to say how they died.

After the Han Chineses' demand, China sacked the chief.

The two accused of robbing a taxi driver handed themselves in to police, said the report.
The one accused of stabbing a woman buying fruit was caught after the woman returned to her office, became aware of stinging pain in her buttock and then complained to police.

Police searched for four hours before identifying the suspect, who later confessed to the stabbing, said the report.

Reuters
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