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Jail upheld for city's criminal 'godmother'

CHONGQING People's Higher Court today upheld an 18-year jail term for a woman dubbed the "godmother" of the city's underworld who was convicted of running a gang, operating casinos, bribery and unlawful detention.

The fine of 1.02 million yuan (US$149,400) was also upheld for Xie Caiping, China News Service reported.

The verdicts were also upheld for other 21 members of Xie's ring, who had been sentenced to between one and 13 years in prison, the report said.

Xie and her co-accused had appealed against the first trial verdicts announced on November 1 by Chongqing No. 5 Intermediate People's Court.

The court said Xie recruited more than 20 former convicts to work in the 10 or so casinos she opened since 2004.

According to the verdict, Xie and her group earned about 2 million yuan from the casinos, provided protection from police for gamblers and drug users, and supplied narcotics until August 2008.

Xie is the sister-in-law of Chongqing's former deputy police chief and justice bureau director, Wen Qiang.

Wen faces a separate trial for rape, taking millions of yuan in bribes, possession of unaccounted-for assets and offering protection to gangs.


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