China Sentences 5 More to Death Over Xinjiang Riots
By SOF Editor on Thu, 12/03/2009 - 12:09pm
A court in China's western Xinjiang region has announced that five more people have been sentenced to death for murder and other crimes committed during riots in the remote region in July.
China's official Xinhua news agency says the Intermediate People's Court of Urumqi also sentenced two others to life in prison.
Last month, China announced that nine Uighurs had been executed for taking part in July's ethnic rioting that left nearly 200 people dead.
Xinhua did not immediately give the names or the ethnic background of the latest five people to be sentenced to death.
Hundreds of people were rounded up in the wake of the riots. The violence erupted in Urumqi on July 5 as Uighurs protesters attacked ethnic Han people in the city. Han Chinese staged revenge attacks on Uighurs two days later.
Uighurs are a Turkic Muslim ethnic group linguistically and culturally distinct from the Han. Many Uighurs resent Beijing's heavy-handed rule in Xinjiang, their traditional homeland.