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Uyghur Executed Over 2009 Riots ‘An Innocent Victim’

Nearly five years after a 21-year-old Uyghur man was executed over his links to China’s worst ethnic violence in decades, the man’s teacher has challenged the fairness of his trial, saying eyewitnesses told him the youth was an innocent bystander.

Adil Rozi was among six Uyghurs executed after being found guilty of murder in 2009 in the first convictions over the violence that erupted in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region’s capital Urumqi on July 5 that year.

Some 200 people died and 1,700 were injured in the clashes between ethnic minority Uyghurs and Han Chinese, according to official figures, after which authorities imposed a strict communications clampdown and 10-month Internet blackout…..[…]

Radio Free Asia,2014-04-11

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