China Sentences 4 More to Death Over Ethnic Riots
The Intermediate People’s Court in Urumqi handed down death sentences Monday to four people for ”extremely serious crimes” during the riots, said Ma Xinchun, director of the Urumqi government’s press office, confirming details of a report by the official Xinhua News Agency.
Ma did not give details of the reported crimes, and government offices in Xinjiang could not immediately be reached by phone.
Another person was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve — a penalty usually commuted to life in prison — while eight others were given sentences of up to life imprisonment, Ma said. Based on their names, all those given death sentences appeared to be Uighurs.
The verdicts bring the number of people who have been sentenced to death for involvement in the riots to about two dozen, including nine who have already been executed.