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Kashgar court sentences Uyghur teens to death for imam's killing

Tayier, 74, was attacked by three men with knives after leading early morning prayers at the 400-year-old Id Kah mosque on July

Source : Ucanews / 30 Sep 2014

A court in Kashgar sentenced two Uyghur teenagers to death on Sunday for the murder of one of China’s leading imams in restive Xinjiang province.

Gheni Hasan, 18, and Nurmemet Abidilimit, 19, were given death sentences for the killing of Juma Tayier, head of Id Kah mosque in Kashgar, which is China's largest, during a bloody attack in July, reported the state-run China Daily.

A third man, Atawula Turson, received a life sentence for terrorism and involvement in the killing, it added.

“The court said the gang, led by Gheni Hasan, was influenced by religious extremism and trained its members to murder patriotic religious figures,” said China’s official news agency Xinhua.

Tayier, 74, was attacked by three men with knives after leading early morning prayers at the 400-year-old Id Kah mosque on July 30.

Police shot and killed two of the suspects at the scene and caught Abidili, then two days later arrested Hasan in the mostly Uyghur town of Hotan and charged him with organizing the attack, according to Xinhua.

 

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