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China approves death sentence for 7 in Xinjiang

A state-run news website says seven people allegedly involved in plotting terrorist activities have been sentenced to death for robbery and murder in China's far western region of Xinjiang.
The official Tianshan website said Wednesday that China's Supreme People's Court approved the death penalty meted out to seven people by a court in Kashgar city.
It was unclear whether the seven are ethnic Uighurs. China has accused Uighur separatists of stirring riots in Xinjiang in July 2009 that left almost 200 dead.
The report says the seven are among a dozen people who met and raised funds between June 2008 and October 2010 to carry out "violent, terrorist" activities. It did not elaborate.
It says the seven committed robbery and murder on three occasions last year.


Updated : 2021-01-28 18:10 GMT+08:00