Four more people have been sentenced to death over the bloody ethnic riots that rocked Xinjiang in China’s northwest last July.
The death sentences were issued on Monday at a court in Urumqi, the region’s capital and the site of the riots.
The riots had left hundreds of people dead. The Chinese regime largely blames ethnic Uighurs for the violence, but Uighur groups say ethnic Chinese and Chinese police were also responsible for many of the deaths.
These latest sentences bring the total number of death sentences over the riots to 26. Nine people have already been executed—eight of them belonging to the Uighur ethnic group.
According to an AFP report, the court also sentenced eight more people to life in prison, and one received a death sentence with a two-year reprieve.