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China upholds death penalty for businessman linked to former security tsar Zhou Yongkang

Published on Aug 7, 2014 12:08 PM

BEIJING (REUTERS) - A Chinese court on Thursday upheld the death sentence for a former mining tycoon connected to the eldest son of former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang, the focus of a high-profile corruption investigation, state media reported.

The High People's Court in central Hubei province rejected the appeal by Liu Han, the former chairman of unlisted Hanlong Group, who received the death sentence in May, the official Xinhua news agency said.

The case against Liu is one of the most prominent featuring a private businessman since President Xi Jinping took office last year and began a campaign against pervasive graft.

Liu, who once ranked as China's 230th richest person, went on trial in March, along with others in the 36-member group, for running what state media called a "mafia-style" gang and murder.

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