China hands death sentences to Xinjiang education directors

Two Uyghur men given suspended sentences for writing and publishing school textbooks

A Chinese court has issued a suspended death sentence to the former directors of the Xinjiang education department for charges including writing and publishing school textbooks which it said were designed to “split the country”.

Sattar Sawut and his deputy, Shirzat Bawudun, were given death sentences with a two-year reprieve, while five other Uyghur men including editors were given lengthy jail terms, according to state media.

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