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Five more sentenced to death over Xinjiang violence: city official

AFP , BEIJING

Five more people have been sentenced to death for their roles in bloody ethnic violence in July in Urumqi, the capital of China’s western Xinjiang region, a city official said yesterday.

The sentences bring to 22 the number of people condemned to die over the unrest, which saw conflict between Muslim Uighurs and China’s Han ethnic majority, leaving nearly 200 people dead.

Nine people were executed last month, and eight others were sentenced to death earlier this month.

“On Wednesday, 22 people were tried in five cases with five people being sentenced to death and five others sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve,” Ma Xinchun (馬新春), spokesman for the Urumqi city government said.

A death sentence with a two-year reprieve is often commuted to life in prison if the defendant behaves during the reprieve.

“Eight others were given life in prison and the other four received sentences of 10 years or more,” Ma said.

The spokesman refused to give other details, such as the names and ethnicity of the convicted.

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