China Sentences 2 To Death For Fires In Tibet Riot

BEIJING — A state news agency says a Chinese court has sentenced two people to death for starting deadly fires in last year’s riots in the Tibetan capital.

Xinhua News Agency says the court in Lhasa sentenced two others to death each with a two-year reprieve, and sentenced another to life imprisonment. The Wednesday report does not say what charges they had faced nor when the rulings were made.

Chinese officials say 22 people died in the March 14 violence, that broke out following several days of peaceful anti-government protests by Buddhist monks. Despite the heavy security presence in Lhasa, rioters attacked Chinese-owned shops and homes for hours with little opposition.