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Sentence upheld for pop singer over fight

THE Beijing Higher People's Court yesterday upheld the six-year jail term for pop singer Zang Tianshuo over a gang fight that caused one death and three injuries.

The court rejected Zang's appeal of the sentence, which was handed down at the Beijing Municipal No. 2 Intermediate People's Court in November, the court said.

Zang, 45, was detained in September 2008. He had been in a business dispute with Sun Baohe over a disco bar in which they were partners in Hebei Province's Langfang City, near Beijing.

At Zang's instruction, bar manager Lu Changchun organized a 100-strong gang armed with clubs, iron pipes and blades.

The gang was involved in a fight with 20 other people led by Sun in the square outside the Langfang Railway Station on June 21, 2003. One man from Sun's side was killed and three were slightly injured.

Lu fled the scene and was caught by police in Changchun City of northeast China's Jilin Province in July 2008. Lu, 44, was sentenced to nine years in jail.

Zang, a household name in China, was one of the country's first rock musicians. He wrote many hit songs, such as "Friends," and some movie and advertising tunes. He was voted the most popular mainland singer/songwriter at the 9th Chinese Music Awards in 2003.


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