13 Oct 2009

Death penalty for six after riots in western China

1:35 pm on 13 October 2009

Six people are to be executed in China for their involvement in ethnic violence which led to the deaths of nearly 200 people in July.

A court in the western province of Shin-jang found the men guilty of murder and other offences. A seventh man was sentenced to life imprisonment.

The BBC reports they appear to be from the Muslim Uighur community.

Most of those who died during the riots were ethnic Chinese.