China targets 'wild imams' in mass public sentencing

November 11, 2014 7:07 AM

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China targets 'wild imams' in mass public sentencing

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has jailed almost two dozen people including "wild imams" who preach illegally in the western region of Xinjiang where the government says Islamists are waging a violent campaign for a separate state, Chinese media reported on Tuesday.

The 22 suspects were sentenced to prison terms ranging from five to 16 years at a mass public sentencing in Xinjiang on Monday, the state-controlled China News Service reported.

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