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Nightclub boss admits bribery, prostitution

A suspected mob boss who ran the most sumptuous nightclub in Chongqing city stood trial today for charges of bribery, possession of deadly weapons, and organizing prostitution.

The trial of 41-year old Yue Ning was the latest move in Chongqing's massive crackdown on criminal gangs. The court said the trial will last six days, reported today.

Another 30 gang members are standing trial with Yun for allegedly running a gang that controlled the high-end entertainment business in the city for nine years.

Yue admitted all charges – the first in the city's gang crackdown to plead guilty.

Prosecutors said Yue's Wan Hao White House Club organized more than 200 prostitutes to offer sexual services in Chongqing. During December 2008 to May 2009, more than 2,000 sex trades happened in the nightclub, according to the report.

However, the court heard that Yue ordered his accountants to destroy most of his records. The prosecutors said that from the remaining account books, Yue earned more than 2 million yuan from prostitution, and also allowed drug addicts to use the club.

The court head that the city's former deputy police chief and justice bureau director, Wen Qiang, took bribes to help cover up Yue's crimes.

Wen faces a separate trial on charges of rape, bribery and offering protection to gangs.


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