CHINA: THREE SENTENCED TO DEATH OVER TIANANMEN SQUARE SUICIDE ATTACK
June 16, 2014: Three people were sentenced to death for their roles in carrying out a deadly attack on Tiananmen Square last October.
The Xinjiang Intermediate People's Court also handed a life sentence to one suspect, among eight put on trial for allegedly planning the attack.
Four of those received sentences ranging from five to 20 years in jail, state television said on its official microblog.
The trial started on June 13, and the sentence came out today, said CCTV.Â It identifiedÂ two of the accused with names that sounded Uygur, the largest ethnic group inÂ the violence-racked region of Xinjiang.
Two people were killed and 40 injured when a car ploughed into a crowd at the northern edge of Tiananmen, while the three people in the car also died.
The government had blamed Islamic militants for the attack on October 28.Â (Sources: Reuters, 16/06/2014)