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3 get death sentences for riots in Urumqi

THREE more people were sentenced to death yesterday for murder and other crimes committed in and after the July 5 riots in Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

Yesterday's sentences followed five death sentences handed down on Thursday for killing a police officer with a brick, kicking bystanders to death and other crimes during the riots which killed 197 people, most of them Han people. More than 1,600 others were wounded.

The three sentenced to death yesterday were Heyrinisa Sawut, Ruzikhari Niyaz and Li Longfei.

Another person was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Intermediate People's Court of Urumqi, while three others were given jail terms.

Heyrinisa Sawut was convicted of assaulting three innocent people in front of a local hospital with rod and rock, leaving one in a vegetative condition. Heyrinisa Sawut was also convicted of smashing a car and killing its owner with rocks.

Ruzikhari Niyaz was convicted of killing two innocent people with pick and rock.

Li Longfei and another man Pei Guofeng were convicted of killing two innocent people and a man in camouflage uniform on July 7, two days after the riots. The third victim was not yet identified. Pei surrendered to police and hence had his penalty reduced to life imprisonment.

Three others, convicted of arson and other crimes, got jail terms of 10 to 18 years.

The trials were heard in open sessions in the presence of relatives of the defendants and the victims.

Last month, nine rioters were executed for taking part in the riots, China's worst violence in decades.


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