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Death penalty for brawl

ONE man was sentenced to death and another to life imprisonment over a toy factory brawl early this year that left two Uygur workers dead in south China's Guangdong Province, court officials said yesterday.

Two local courts in Shaoguan City, Guangdong, yesterday also sentenced nine other people to prison terms ranging from five to eight years after first-instance trials regarding the fatal June 26 brawl in the Xuri Toy Factory in Shaoguan.

The Intermediate People's Court of Shaoguan held that Xiao Jianhua was the principal instigator of the brawl, incited his co-workers to join the affray between Han and Uygur workers, and led the assault.

Xiao was sentenced to death and fellow worker Xu Qiqi was given a life term after they were convicted of manslaughter.

The same court also sentenced three of Xiao's accomplices to prison terms from seven to eight years on charges of assault.

Two Uygur workers from Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region were beaten to death, three others were severely injured and six slightly injured in the factory brawl.

The court heard the fight started after a Uygur male worker was found by other workers chasing a Han woman intern surnamed Huang in the factory.

Xiao and his accomplices used iron bars to beat the Uygur workers, and obstructed medical workers from treating the injured.

The People's Court of Wujiang District, Shaoguan, yesterday sentenced three other Han workers who were convicted of participating in the affray to terms ranging from six to seven years.


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