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Former police officer goes on trial

A FORMER police officer in Chongqing Municipality went on trial yesterday for allegedly leading a mafia-like gang that committed murder and took part in loan sharking, bribery and gambling.

Chen Kunzhi, 44, is the latest suspect to go on trial in a massive crackdown on the underworld in the southwest city, the China News Service reported.

Chen is accused of pulling in more than 200 million yuan (US$29 million) through lending 480 million yuan at illegally high interest rates.

Seventeen of Chen's alleged gang members stood trial with him at Chongqing No. 3 Intermediate People's Court charged with membership of a gang that controlled several casinos and the largest loan sharking company in the city.

A graduate from Chinese People's Public Security University, Chen left his post in a district police station in 1995 for taking bribes and being involved in street brawls.

Chen's trial is expected to last for six days.


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