CHINA ANNOUNCES MORE DEATH SENTENCES FOR XINJIANG RIOT
|Chinese security forces patrol a street in Xinjiang, April 5, 2008
December 3, 2009: A court in China's Xinjiang region sentenced five people to death for murder and other crimes over deadly ethnic riots in July, state media said.
Two other people were sentenced to life imprisonment, Xinhua news agency said.
Nine people were executed last month over the riots in which nearly 200 people were killed.
Chinese officials have said most of the victims were members of China's majority Han ethnic group who were attacked by ethnic Uighurs.
Xinhua's report named the five sentenced to death as Memeteli Islam, Mamattursun Elmu, Memeteli Abburakm, Kushiman Kurban and Helil Sadir.
Eight other people received jail terms, Xinhua said, including the two sentenced to life in prison.
The five sentenced to death all appear to be Uighurs, judging by their names, correspondents say.
A total of 34 people have now been convicted over the rioting, for crimes including murder, arson, property damage and robbery. (Sources: BBC, 03,12/2009)