Thursday, October 30, 2014   

China jails 32 for online terror charges
(07-11 13:13)

Courts in a restive region of western China sentenced 32 people to prison, three of them for life, for downloading and spreading violent Internet content that authorities have blamed for inspiring a recent string of deadly attacks, state media said Friday.
The other 29 people were handed sentences ranging from four to 15 years' imprisonment by seven courts in the region on Thursday, according to state broadcaster CCTV and the region's official newspaper, the Xinjiang Daily.
The sentencing is part of efforts to scour and scrub the Internet for material promoting religious warfare or teaching bomb-making methods that Chinese authorities say have fueled recent attacks.
Escalating unrest in the Xinjiang region, home to China's Turkic Uighur (pronounced WEE-gur) ethnic minority who want more autonomy from Beijing, has posed a serious challenge to the administration of Communist Party leader Xi Jinping in his first 20 months in power. In May, a market bombing killed 43 people in Xinjiang's capital, Urumqi.
The attacks, which have killed dozens of people this year, prompted Beijing to launch an expansive security crackdown in the region, arresting several hundred people and sentencing scores to prison and in some cases to death.
Chinese state media have said that virtually all those taking part in recent attacks have been exposed to extremist content online. It said Xinjiang separatists have recently flooded the Web with such material, raising the challenge to authorities and the risk of further attacks. --AP   
Other China breaking news:
Taiwan man mutilates girlfriend's face in jealous rage (10-30 16:13)
Liaoning court official dead in suspected suicide (10-30 16:11)
China buries war dead returned by South Korea (10-30 12:49)
Boss of Shanghai power firm under graft probe (10-29 18:10)
Former bank chief on trial for corruption (10-29 18:02)
Chinese VP meets with Japanese governor delegation (10-28 16:50)
6 dead, 5 injured in China's road accident (10-27 19:00)
Private clubs banned in historical buildings, parks (10-27 17:34)
China considering to scrap death penalty for 9 crimes (10-27 17:04)
PETA praises Taiwan for raid on pigeon race gambling club (10-27 16:46)

More breaking news >>

© 2014 The Standard, The Standard Newspapers Publishing Ltd.
Contact Us | About Us | Newsfeeds | Subscriptions | Print Ad. | Online Ad. | Street Pts

 


Home | Top News | Local | Business | China | ViewPoint | CityTalk | World | Sports | People | Central Station | Spree | Features

The Standard

Trademark and Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014, The Standard Newspaper Publishing Ltd., and its related entities. All rights reserved.  Use in whole or part of this site's content is prohibited.   Use of this Web site assumes acceptance of the
Terms of Use, Privacy Policy Statement and Copyright Policy.  Please also read our Ethics Statement.