Originally Published by The Australian, 23 December 2009
CHINA has begun sentencing 20 more ethnic Uighurs – some to death – for their part in riots which left 197 people dead in the remote western city of Urumqi on July 5, as the second batch of trials of more than 1200 people arrested as a result of the carnage began today, with at least one man sent for execution.
In early December five people were sentenced to death and a further eight given prison terms, bringing to 17 sent to be executed in trials of the first two groups of people from the bloody unrest. Nine have been executed so far.
The province of Xinjiang, of which Urumqi is the capital, remains locked down with internet, text messaging and international phone access cut off.
The Australian has learned that three new trials were held today with other accused expected to be given their final sentences in coming days.
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