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2 men get death for killing imam in China

29 September 2014, 12:05

Beijing - Chinese state media say two men were sentenced to death and another to life imprisonment for killing a pro-government Muslim cleric in the far western city of Kashgar.

The government-run news portal Tianshan Net said the court in Kashgar on Sunday found Gheni Hasan and Nurmemet Abidilimit guilty of organising and leading a terrorist group as well as intentional homicide, and sentenced them to death.

Tianshan says the third man, Atawulla Tursun, participated in the terror group.

Also read: Muslim cleric shot dead, sparks riots in Mombasa

Chinese media say Nurmemet Abidilimit and two other men killed imam Jume Tahir, aged 74, after dawn prayers at a major mosque on 30 July, amid a string of violence by members of the Uighur minority against government institutions and supporters.

Nurmemet Abidilimit was arrested, and the other two were shot dead by police.

- AP

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