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China: Billionaire Liu Han sentenced to death for organised crime

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Hubei’s Xianning City Intermediate People’s Court gave the death penalty to Sichuan tycoons Liu Han and Liu Wei and three of their accomplices for organised crimes.

Liu was the leader of a mafia-style organisation, of which 36 members have been arrested.

The court ascertained that Liu lead and participated in organised crimes and dozens of intentional homicides and assaults, causing 8 deaths and many injuries.

In the verdict of first instance, five of the criminals including Liu Han and Liu Wei were given the death penalty.

There have been media reports that Liu Han had business transactions with Zhou Bin, son of former Politburo Standing Committee member Zhou Yongkang.Source: Radio Television Hong Kong “Death penalty for Liu Han, Liu Wei accused by court of organised crimes causing 8 deaths” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)

Tony Simon

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