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China courts sentence six to death over organized crimes

SIX people convicted in connection with organized crime gangs were sentenced yesterday to death at two courts in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality.

The No. 1 Intermediate People's Court handed down death sentences to Yang Tianqing and Liu Chenghu, who were convicted of organizing a nine-member criminal gang and murder, a court statement said.

The gang were also accused of intentionally causing injury, illegally possessing guns or ammunition, false imprisonment, robbery and extortion and forging resident identity cards, the court statement said.

Two other members of the gang, Jian Shaokun and Zeng Chuan, were sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve, it said.

The other five members received jail terms from 11 years to life.

Meanwhile, Chongqing's No. 3 Intermediate People's Court handed down death penalty to Liu Zhongyong on charges of organizing criminal gangs and murder.

Liu was also accused of running illegal coal mines in the suburbs of Chongqing and was held responsible for two cave-ins in 2006 and 2008 that together killed three workers.

His 22-member gang was responsible for the killing of one person and the injuring of at least four others in Chongqing last year, a court statement said.

Liu's right-hand man Zheng Xin received death penalty with two-year reprieve.

The other 20 members were jailed for one to 17 years.


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