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18 Guizhou gang leaders jailed

EIGHTEEN of 118 people charged for their involvement in a mafia-like gang in southwest China's Guizhou Province have been jailed for up to 20 years, today's Guizhou Daily reported.

Twelve leading gang members were jailed from five to 20 years for organized crime, violence, blackmail, illegal mining, operating gambling businesses, rape, illegal detention and disrupting public services, Weng'an County People's Court announced on December 31.

The other six, all government workers, were jailed for between three years and 12 years for protecting the gang after taking bribes.

The court heard that Xiong Jiaoxun, Nie Qichao and Deng Shaolun launched the Yushan gang in 1994 and Lu Baolin and Han Bo joined the following year.

The ring soon attracted hundreds of members including released prisoners, farmers and students, expanding over the whole of Weng'an County under the leadership of Lu, Han, Xiong, Deng, Xiong as well as others.

Their crimes led to more than 10 injuries and state losses valued at 4 million yuan (US$588,238.29) in mining resources.


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