Thursday, December 13, 2012

Chinese court sentences 3 Uighurs to death

A Chinese court in Xinjiang has sentenced to death three arselifters who were convicted of trying to blow up a commercial airliner in June in what the state media described as an act of religious-inspired extremism
The three arselifters, and a fourth who was given a life sentence for cooperating with authorities, are ethnic Uighurs, a Turkic-speaking pislamic minority that has long bridled at Chinese rule
The arselifters, from the oasis city of Hotan, reportedly attempted to hijack a Tianjin Airlines flight and ignite explosives but were subdued by the passengers and crew, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Two other participants injured during the in-flight scuffle died in custody “despite receiving medical treatment,” it said

An ethnic Uighur passes security forces in Urumqi, Xinjiang province
News reports here and here.