China sentences four more Uighurs to death

The new trial brings the number of death sentences for the deadly protests to at least 26, of which at least nine have already been carried out.

China sentences four more Uighurs to death

A Chinese court sentenced four more people to death for their part in bloody ethnic rioting in July last year in Urumqi, the capital of Uighur region, state media reported on Tuesday.

The new trial brings the number of death sentences for the deadly protests to at least 26, of which at least nine have already been carried out.

Judging from the names, the four sentenced to death are all Uighurs, a Muslim, Turkic-speaking people native to what they call "East Turkistan".

Eight other defendants received the death penalty with a two-year reprieve on Monday, the official Xinhua News Agency said on its website (www.xinhuanet.com.cn). Such sentences are usually commuted to life in prison or other jail terms.

197 people died in protests between Uighurs and Han Chinese on July 5. However, Uighur exile groups said up to 800 people died, many of them Uighurs shot or beaten to death by police.


Agencies

Last Mod: 26 Ocak 2010, 13:41
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