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Death for police chief turned crime boss

A FORMER police chief was one of two men sentenced to death today for running a gang and convicted of 12 charges including murder, intentional injury, and forced trade.

Former police officer Yue Cun, 47, and his right hand man Yin Zhiwei received the verdict in Chongqing No.5 Intermediate People's Court. Yue was also fined 150 million yuan (US$21.92 million). It is unknown whether they will appeal.

One of Yue's 38 gang members who stood trial with him was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve. Three were sentenced to life in prison and others face prison ranging from two years to 20 years. The gang was found responsible for three murders.

The court said Yue, the former director of Nanbin Road police station in Chongqing's Nan'an District, started the gang in 1996 after he controlled a local cinema. He used violence to edge out competition in the district and started to recruit former convicts and retired soldiers to the gang while serving as police officer.

A college of Yue's said he loved to show off his wealth during his tenure between 1996 and 2004. His car was a BMW although his monthly salary was only 2,000 yuan, Chongqing Morning Post reported. He became a notable millionaire in Chongqing after he retired.


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