Three were sentenced to death on Monday and five others were jailed over a terror attack near Beijing’s Tian’anmen Square in October 2013 by a court in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
In the first-instance verdict, the Urumqi Intermediate People’s Court sentenced Husanjan Wuxur, Yusup Umarniyaz and Yusup Ahmat to death after convicting them of organizing and leading a terrorist group and endangering public security with dangerous methods.
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Gulnar Tuhtiniyaz and Bujanat Abdukadir were sentenced to life in jail and 20 years in prison respectively for the crimes of participating in a terrorist group and endangering public security with dangerous methods.
Three others, Tohti Mehmat, Tursunjan Abliz and Abla Niyaz, would be jailed for ten to five years for participating in a terrorist group, said the court.