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Official jailed over plot to blow up his lover

AN official in northeastern China has been sentenced to six years in prison for hiring others to blow up his lover in her car.

A court in Liaoning Province's Lingyuan City passed the sentence on Lu Zhongxue, former vice head of the city's health bureau. Other people involved in the case were jailed for between two and five years.

Lu decided to get rid of his lover, Wang Xuyan, after 10 years because she kept reporting their relationship to the city government after fights, according to yesterday's People's Daily newspaper.

Lu paid a man named Zhang Yunxuan and two others 300,000 yuan (US$44,000) in 2007 to beat her up with steel clubs in her apartment. Lu said he only meant to give Wang a lesson and get her to stop pestering him, the court heard.

A friend of Lu's named Zhang Haiyan suggested bombing Wang's car and shutting her mouth forever. Lu agreed and bought two grenades for 5,000 yuan from Yan Fengkui.

Zhang Haiyan sneaked into Wang's parking lot and attached the grenades to Wang's car so that when she started it, they would explode.

She suffered severe facial injuries in the blast, the report said.

Lu later paid him 700,000 yuan.

Zhang Haiyan was found guilty of causing an explosion and jailed for five years. Yan was sentenced to four years for selling weapons, while Zhang Yunxuan was jailed for two years.

Wang said she would appeal as the sentence was too lenient for what her former lover had done. Wang argued that Lu should have been charged with attempted murder.


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