China court sentences 64 gang members

Beijing, Jan 11 : A court in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region has handed down one suspended death penalty and jail sentences to 64 members of a large crime ring.

Cen Ruiyi, the head of the gang, was sentenced to death with two years' reprieve for organising and leading a criminal gang, intentional homicide and injury, Xinhua reported citing a statement issued by the Intermediate People's Court in Wuzhou City on Saturday.

The other 63 members received jail terms ranging from a year-and-a-half to life, said the statement.

The gang engaged in usury and gambling house operation, which is illegal on the Chinese mainland, from 2006 to 2012.

One person was killed and eight others injured in cases connected to the gang that included extortion, robbery, illegal detention and intentional homicide, according to the statement.

--IANS (Posted on 11-01-2014)

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