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China sentences 55 on offences including terrorism in Xinjiang mass trial

Published on May 28, 2014 1:11 PM
 
This picture taken on May 27, 2014 shows security forces standing behing the accused wearing orange vests on trucks during a mass sentencing in Ili prefecture, northwest China's Xinjiang region. Authorities in China's mainly Muslim Xinjiang mounted a mass sentencing in a stadium for 55 people on offences including terrorism, state media said on May 28, as they press a crackdown on escalating violence. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (AFP) - Authorities in China's mainly Muslim Xinjiang mounted a mass sentencing in a stadium for 55 people on offences including terrorism, state media said on Wednesday, as they press a crackdown on escalating violence.

About 7,000 people and Communist Party officials in Ili prefecture attended the "mass gathering for public sentencing, public arrests and public criminal detention, punishing a group of violent terrorist criminals in accordance with the law", said an online report by the official news agency Xinhua.

Judicial officials at the stadium issued punishments for crimes including murder, separatism and organising, leading or participating in a terrorist group, harbouring criminals and rape.

Three were sentenced to death for using hatchets and other weapons to murder a family of four last year "using extremely cruel methods", the report said.

 
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