China jails 11 for extremist crimes in Muslim west - WAOW - Newsline 9, Wausau News, Weather, Sports

China jails 11 for extremist crimes in Muslim west


China says it has sentenced 11 people for inciting religious extremism and related crimes in the northwestern Muslim region of Xinjiang.

   The sentences handed down Wednesday come shortly before the July 5 anniversary of the bloodiest recent ethnic rioting in the region four years ago.

   The Justice Ministry's official newspaper Legal Daily said Thursday that Aihetaimu Heli was given the harshest sentence of six years for uploading to the Internet materials promoting jihad and ethnic hatred.

   Others were sentenced to up to five years for breaking into homes and destroying television sets in what the paper called a religious frenzy.

   Xinjiang is home to China's ethnic Turkic Muslim Uighur minority and sees periodic outbreaks of anti-government and anti-Chinese violence.

Authorities have responded with overwhelming force and repression.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WAOW. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Chief Engineer Russ Crass at 715-842-2251. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at