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Sentences upheld over fatal brawl

A COURT in south China yesterday upheld the death and life imprisonment sentences of two men involved in a toy factory brawl that left two Uygur workers dead on June 26.

The Higher People's Court of Guangdong Province upheld the sentences handed down by the Intermediate People's Court of Shaoguan City on Xiao Jianhua and Xu Qiqi, former workers at the city's Xuri Toy Factory.

Xiao was convicted of being the instigator of the brawl and was sentenced to death for intentional injury. His coworker Xu was also guilty of intentional injury and received a life sentence.

Both were deprived of political rights for life.

Three of Xiao's accomplices had been sentenced to prison terms ranging from seven to eight years on charges of assault.

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

Woman chased

The lower court heard the fight started when workers saw a Uygur man chasing a Han woman surnamed Huang in the factory.

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

After sentencing, Xiao and Xu filed appeals. The Higher People's Court determined that Xiao and Xu caused the death of two people and left three others seriously injured and six slightly injured.

The facts affirmed by the lower court were clear, the evidence was accurate, the convictions and sentences were appropriate, and the procedures were legitimate, the Higher People's Court said.

The Higher People's Court will submit its decision on Xiao's death sentence to the Supreme People's Court for approval.

On October 10, the People's Court of Wujiang District in Shaoguan jailed Lu Xiaoqiang, Yarmemetjia Ismail, Osmanjia Obul and Yuwupjia Tur, also former workers at the toy factory, for participating in group affray.

The four appealed and the Intermediate People's Court of Shaoguan yesterday upheld their sentences.


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