Courts in Xinjiang will put sustained high pressure on the
"three evil forces" of terrorism, separatism and extremism, said
Rozi Ismail, chief judge of the northwest Chinese autonomous
region, on Monday.
"Stability is paramount in Xinjiang and it is mainly threatened
by the 'three evil forces'," said Rozi Ismail, who is in Beijing to
attend the annual parliamentary session as a nonvoting
"If we cease cracking down, the society will turn chaotic and
economic and social development will be seriously harmed," said
Rozi Ismail, president of the Higher People's Court of
The courts in Xinjiang have handled a number of cases involving
the "three evil forces" and effectively curbed violent activities,
the chief judge said.
The criminal activities of the forces include murder, bombing,
poisoning and arson, and criminals involved will face severe
penalties up to capital punishment, he said.
However, the chief judge said he had demanded all courts in
Xinjiang to separate members deceived or intimidated into crimes
from the leading members of a gang.
Days ago, Ismail Tiliwaldi, chairman of the Xinjiang Uygur
Autonomous Region, told a press conference at the parliamentary
session that the room for terrorist activities has been shrinking
in Xinjiang as "the number of good people is increasing and bad
Xinjiang police crushed a terrorist training camp in January, in
which 18 terrorists were killed and 17 others captured. The police
also seized 22 hand grenades and more than 1,500 half-finished
grenades, and some home-made explosives.
The training camp was run by the East Turkestan Islamic Movement
(ETIM), a group that the United Nations in 2002 labeled a terrorist
organization. Leading terrorists in the camp had been trained by
Taliban and Al-Qaeda and stole into Xinjiang later.
(Xinhua News Agency March 13, 2007)