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China charges former mining magnate with murder, gun-running

Published on Feb 20, 2014 4:13 PM
 
Former chairman of Hanlong Mining Liu Han at a conference in Mianyang, Sichuan province, on March 21, 2008. Prosecutors in central China on Thursday, Feb 20, 2014, charged Liu with murder, gun-running and other crimes as part of a "mafia-style" gang. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (REUTERS) - Prosecutors in central China on Thursday charged the former chairman of Hanlong Mining, which had tried to take over Australia's Sundance Resources Ltd , with murder, gun-running and other crimes as part of a "mafia-style" gang.

Police last year announced the detention of Liu Han and an investigation into his younger brother Liu Yong - also known as Liu Wei - on suspicion of various criminal activities.

In a report carried by the official Xinhua news agency, prosecutors in the central province of Hubei said the two Lius set up the gang in 1993, along with 34 others, which "carried out a vast number of criminal activities".

The gang was responsible for nine murders, the report said.

 
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