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20-year term for Chongqing mob boss

A MOB boss was sentenced to 20 years in prison and fined 30,000 yuan (US$4,395) yesterday for heading a mafia-like organization in Chongqing City.

The Chongqing No.3 Intermediate People's Court also found Ran Guangguo guilty of assault and battery, organized brawl, vandalism, operating casinos and illegal confinement, Chongqing's mainstream news Web portal reported.

In addition, Ran's seven henchmen were sentenced to prison terms of two years to 12 years, the report said.

The court found Ran had set up a ring at Baima Town of Chongqing's Wulong County in May 2004. The group of eight muscled out several other local gangs and then acted as loan sharks at Baima Town and downtown Wulong.

From 2006, Ran rented houses for his henchmen in Baima and stored knives and other weapons there. He also set up rules for his group and expanded the business to gambling and sand mining.

Ran opened a casino at his teahouse and offered loans at high interest rates. His group monopolized the local sand mining industry, according to the court.

The trial was the latest step taken by Chongqing in its battle against organized crime.

Just the day before, Wang Tianlun, an alleged mob mastermind called the "Chongqing Butcher," stood trial for bribery, intentional injury, and leading a mafia-like gang that controlled the city's pork market.


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