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China jails 20 on jihad & separatism charges in restive Xinjiang

Chinese courts have sentenced 20 people to up to life in jail on charges of separatism and plotting to carry out jihad in the restive far western region of Xinjiang, the government said.

The courts in Kashgar and Bayingol said the 20 – all ethnic Uighurs judging by their names – had had their ‘thoughts poisoned by religious extremism’, and used cell phones and DVDs ‘to spread Muslim religious propaganda’, the Xinjiang government said on its official news website (www.ts.cn).