China Lays First Charges Over Xinjiang Riots

China has announced the first charges in connection to the July 5 riots in . From Reuters:

China announced the first charges to be laid in connection with violent unrest in July that shook China’s northwest region of Xinjiang, home to Muslim Uighurs.

Twenty-one people had been charged with murder, arson, robbery and damaging property during ethnic riots that erupted in Urumqi, Xinjiang’s capital, on July 5, Xinhua news agency said.

A total of 197 people were killed over several days of rioting in the ethnically divided city, most from the Han Chinese majority.

Of the eight “leading” suspects identified in the report, six appear to be Uighurs. Investigations continue.

Xinhua shares more:

The six cases are:

— Alleged intentional homicide and arson committed by Abdukerim Abduwayit;

— Alleged intentional homicide, arson and robbery committed by four suspects whose leader was Gheni Yusup;

— Alleged intentional homicide, arson, robbery and intentional damage to properties, committed by 11 suspects led by Ahmatjan Moming;

— Alleged intentional homicide, robbery and arson committed by Alim Metyusup and Tayirejan Abulimit;

— Alleged intentional homicide and arson committed by AzizijanYasin;

— Alleged intentional homicide committed by Han Junbo and Liubo.

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