20 jailed for terror crimes in Xinjiang
BEIJING: A Chinese court has jailed 20 people for up to 15 years for their involvement in "terrorist and separatist crimes" in Xinjiang province bordering Pakistan. The State-run Xinjiang Daily reported they were convicted of using internet and removable storage devices to communicate with other terrorists besides leading and organizing criminal activities.
Four of them also made explosives besides joining the rest in spreading "hatred and the creed of violence", it reported. The convicted people were involved in five different cases. Xinjiang is the hotbed of a separatist movement involving a section of local Uighurs, who seek freedom from China.
The local government has repeatedly blamed terrorist groups in Pakistan for supporting Uighur separatism. The Communist Party has barred its Muslim cadres, students and government employees in Xinjiang from fasting during the month of Ramadan.