China hands 19-year-old Uighur woman death sentence

China handed a 19-year-old Uighur woman a suspended death sentence on charges of taking part in deadly ethnic riots in Uighur region in 2009.

China hands 19-year-old Uighur woman death sentence

China handed a 19-year-old Uighur woman a suspended death sentence on charges of taking part in deadly ethnic riots in Uighur region in 2009.

Pezilet Ekber became the second Uyghur woman to receive the death penalty in connection to the unrest. Another woman was executed by Chinese authorities earlier this year.

US-funded broadcaster Radio Free Asia said Ekber was working as a saleswoman at a shop in Urumqi, the capital of the region, when protests broke out between the Turkic-speaking Muslim Uighur locals and Han Chinese on July 5, 2009. The riots left nearly 200 people dead.

The report cited a letter from a classmate of the woman as saying Miss Ekber was sentenced to death in April last year with a two-year reprieve by the Urumqi Intermediate People's Court. Such punishments are usually commuted to life in prison.

The RFA report, published on Friday, did not give details of the charges against Ekber.

China has sentenced dozens of people for their involvement in the riots, most of them Uighurs.


Agencies

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