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Two Uighurs expelled from Cambodia to China two years ago were sentenced to life imprisonment.
The two men were part of some twenty members of the Muslim minority in Xinjiang, Western China, seeking asylum in the wake of riots between members of Uighurs and the ethnic Han majority in China, Urumqi in July 2009. Their expulsion from Phnom Penh had been widely criticized by rights groups.
Two days after their extradition in December 2009, Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping went to Phnom Penh to sign trade agreements totaling $ 850 million.