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Two prime members of Hubei gang executed


TWO prime members of an organized crime gang in central China's Hubei Province were executed yesterday after the Supreme People's Court approved their death sentences on December 23.

Liu Lieyong was sentenced to death for organizing and leading an organized criminal gang, murder, blackmail, illegal possession of arms and gambling, said a statement from the SPC.

Chen Xiaohui was convicted of participating in an organized criminal gang, murder, intentional injury, inciting disorder and illegal possession of arms.

Both were also permanently deprived of their political rights while Liu was fined 100,000 yuan (US$14,500).

The statement did not reveal how the men were executed.

Another 19 people convicted in the case received jail terms from one year with two-year reprieve to suspended death sentences, said the statement.

The crime gang, founded by Liu in the city of Xiantao in Hubei in 2001, opened casinos, which were banned on China's mainland, illegally forced the transfer of shares in local bus companies and manipulated local cement and food markets.

Liu instructed gang members, including Chen, to murder one person. Chen was also held responsible for another death and nine injuries, the statement said.

The statement did not give details about their victims. According to a report in the Wuhan Morning Post in February 2008, one of the victims was Hu Dongfeng, head of a rival gang in Xiantao. Six of Liu's gang members ambushed him and shot him dead.






 

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