China executes seven mafia bosses: State media
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Last Updated: Thursday, January 07, 2010, 19:10
Beijing: Seven mafia bosses were executed in north China on Thursday for crimes including murder, extortion and arms trafficking, state media said, calling it the biggest local organised crime case in 60 years.

Zhang Baoyi and six others were put to death in Hebei province, after China's Supreme Court issued an order of execution, Xinhua news agency reported.

Zhang and his gang were charged with controlling transport and commodity trading rackets in the province and surrounding areas from 1997, it said.

"The gang used threats and violence to organise illegal criminal activities including premeditated murder, assault, organised beatings, provocation, extortion (and) falsifying accounts," Xinhua said, citing the court verdict.

The seven were also convicted of illegal weapons possession, illegal arms trafficking, illegal gambling, robbery and possessing stolen goods, it said.

In all nearly 100 people were tried in the case, with 84 convicted to prison terms ranging up to life in jail, previous reports said.

Convictions were first handed down in June 2007 and appeals turned down in November last year.

The executions come as trials continued in a spectacular organised crime case in southwestern Chongqing municipality that has resulted in charges against top court and police officials accused of protecting local gangs.


First Published: Thursday, January 07, 2010, 19:10

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