Billionaire oil tycoon and alleged mafia leader Liu Han burst into tears at a court hearing on Thursday while he continued to deny all charges against him, despite the fact that his brother pleaded guilty in court the day before and that his notably ugly crying face gives way to little sympathy.
Liu Han along with his brother, Liu Wei, have been on trial since March 31 on accusations of murder, bank fraud and running a “mafia-style” criminal organization. Han is the former head of the mining conglomerate Sichuan Hanlong Group.
Charges against the defendants also include intentional assault, illegal detention, extortion and casino crimes. Cops seized 20 guns and three hand grenades from members of the gang during last year’s bust.
According to Xinhua:
On Thursday, Liu Han made a statement which lasted two hours and twenty minutes, denying all of the prosecutors’ charges. He said all the facts and evidence could not prove his guilt.
Other defendants in the case also made statements. Prosecutors claimed there was enough evidence to prove the crimes of Liu and the other defendants.
Each of them have committed multiple crimes and should be punished, prosecutors said.
On Wednesday, Liu We pleaded guilty and the trial against him and six other suspected gang members was closed. He and the six defendants said they regretted their crimes.
Liu Han ranked 148th on Forbe’s 2012 list of the richest Chinese businesspeople and was once a delegate of Sichuan’s political advisory body. He was famous for his philanthropy, specifically for the work he did after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.
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