Chinese Court Sentences 5 to Death in Xinjiang Mayhem

From New York Times:

A Chinese court has handed down death sentences for five people convicted of participating in the ethnic violence in July that killed nearly 200 people in the far western region of Xinjiang, the authorities there announced Thursday.

The sentences, after a series of trials this week, bring to 22 the number of people given the death penalty since trials began in September. The court, in the regional capital, Urumqi, gave five other people suspended death sentences, which are often equivalent to life in prison.

Nine of those sentenced have already been executed, according to the state media.

The sentences were announced by the Xinjiang regional government and distributed to news outlets.

December 24, 2009 10:22 PM
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