A court in Xinjiang province has sentenced 12 people to death for their involvement in terrorist attacks, China Daily reported Tuesday.
Fifteen others were given death sentences suspended for two years.
The intermediate people’s court in Kashgar prefecture announced the verdicts for 58 male and female suspects.
The defendants were part of a gang that went on a rampage in Shache county on July 28, killing 37 civilians, according to a court statement released Monday.
According to police, the gangsters also set roadblocks and stopped vehicles passing, before slashing passengers indiscriminately and forcing civilians to join them in the terror attack, the report said.
Local police gunned down 59 attackers and arrested 215 others. They also confiscated long knives and axes, and banners that hailed a “holy war”.
Osman Abulat, Yusup Abulat, Juma Kadeer, Memetiming Amar and eight others were sentenced to death for organizing, leading and participating in terrorist groups, intentional homicide, illegally producing explosives, arson, kidnapping and endangering public security with dangerous methods.
The court found that Osman had joined the terrorist group led by Nuramat Sawut from Elixku township, who had close connections with the terrorist organization East Turkestan Islamic Movement and the mastermind of the terrorist attack in Shache.
Osman recruited and even forced others to join the terrorist attack. He attacked drivers on the road and killed three of them.
Nuramat, who was shot dead by police at the scene, had been spreading separatism and religious extremism with audio and video materials since 2013. Through this process he developed a terrorist group and became its leader.
Yusup is also a member of Nuramat’s group. He is responsible for the killing of five people. Juma smashed vehicles on the road and set them on fire with other gangsters. They also killed two people.
Nine defendants received life sentences and 20, including at least one female, received prison sentences of between four and 20 years. Two others were given probation.
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