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Graveyard cricket fight organizer jailed

THE ringleader of a gang that organized gambling on fighting crickets in a graveyard was sentenced yesterday to one year and eight months in jail and fined 80,000 yuan (US$11,696).

The Jiading District People's Court was told that the man, Xie Jinhai, along with an accomplice, Luo Fengquan, who has not yet been arrested, arranged daily buses to pick up parties of gamblers at different locations, the Shanghai Morning Post reported today.

Staff on the buses carefully vetted the gamblers after asking them to draw the curtains and turn off their mobile phones before taking them to the places where the cricket fights were to take place.

The bus drivers took roundabout routes to avoid being followed by police and at one stage Xie even organized crickets fights in a graveyard.

On October 20 police swooped on a restaurant in Jiading District where they found Xie, 66 gamblers and 420,000 yuan in cash.


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