Six sentenced to death for Xinjiang riots

      A local court here sentenced six people, who were convicted of murder and other crimes in the deadly riot in Xinjiang in July, to death on Thursday. The Urumqi Intermediate People's Court also sentenced another three to life imprisonment, Xinhua reports. The penalties were meted out to Abdukerim Abduwayit, Gheni Yusup, Abdulla Mettohti, Adil Rozi, Nureli Wuxiu''er and Alim Metyusup. A seventh person was also on trial. The court gave Tayirejan Abulimit life imprisonment after he admitted murder and robbery. The court acknowledged that he helped police capture Alim Metyusup. There was a strong special armed police presence outside the court, with officers spaced at five-meter intervals, when the sentences were handed down. Fourteen thousand security personnel, according to the official Urumqi Online, meanwhile, are patrolling the city, around the clock. The defendants went on trial in three separate courtrooms at 10 am. More than 400 people, including the suspects'' relatives, witnessed the proceedings, which were carried out in the Uygur language with simultaneous translation into Mandarin. The hearing took place in No 3 courtroom.

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