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2 Internet café owners sentenced to 6-month detention

OPERATORS of unlicensed cyber cafes were punished for the first time in Shanghai for ignoring the orders of the city's industrial and commercial regulators.

Two offenders who reopened their banned Internet cafes repeatedly were sentenced to 6-month detention today for operating illegal business.

The Fengxian District People's Court says one convict, surnamed Lu, began to run an unlicensed Internet cafe in an apartment in Xiaotang community in 2009.

Prosecutors say Lu was fined several times after the district commercial watchdog received complaints from his neighbors, but Lu turned a deaf ear to official warnings and continued to run his business.

The man locked the doors and installed surveillance cameras to dodge law enforcement officers, the prosecutors say.

Lu was arrested last November when Fengxian police cracked down on unlicensed cyber cafes to eliminate fire hazards and protect teenagers from Internet addiction. During the raid, 76 unlicensed cyber cafes were closed.


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