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Gang on trial over fatal stabbing of Party secretary

A GANG alleged to have killed the Party secretary of the Qingpu District Industrial Park went on trial yesterday.

The Shanghai No. 2 Intermediate People's Court plans a three-day closed hearing of the case, according to its website.

Prosecutors from the Shanghai No. 2 Intermediate Prosecutors Office said in the indictment that Cheng Feng, who owned two landscaping companies, hired others to take revenge on Li Mingyun because Li had asked Cheng to suspend an earth-filling project in the park.

The 10-member gang was also charged with murdering a private clinic owner and injuring another man. Both victims had conflicts with Cheng.

Cheng, a 42-year-old Jiangsu Province native, started the earth-filling project in the industrial park in 2006 but his workers were accused by local villagers of burying graves of their ancestors.

Li, as head of the industrial park, asked Cheng to suspend the project and pay compensation to the villagers.

On the afternoon of October 17, 2008, two men said to have been hired by Cheng waited in the underground garage of the residential community where Li lived and attacked him with iron bars. Li suffered a broken leg, prosecutors said.

After the incident, a security guard was appointed to protect Li when he went to and from work.

But on the morning of March 9, 2009, Li was later than usual and alone in the garage when four men stabbed him dozens of times. Li died from his wounds.

Prosecutors also accused Cheng of telling three gang members to go to his home town, Jiangsu's Binhai County, to kill Ma Buchun, who ran a private clinic, in January 2009. Prosecutors didn't clarify what the conflict was.

The three got Ma into their car on the pretext of asking him to see a patient and Zhao Zhongshan, prosecutors allege, hit Ma a deadly blow on the head with a hammer.

Cheng is also accused of hiring men to attack Xu Yuesheng after a dispute over a project in Zhujiajiao Town in May last year.


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