Former mining magnate, philanthropist and ugly crier Liu Han was sentenced to death today on charges of leading a “mafia-style” gang on a crime spree that spanned two decades, Xinhua said.
The sentencing of Liu, who is suspected to have ties with Zhou Yongkang‘s family, brought to an end one of the highest-profile cases against a private businessman since Xi Jinping’s highly lauded campaign against corruption began.
Liu’s younger brother, Liu Yong, aka Liu Wei, was also sentenced to death. According to the court verdict, the pair, along with 36 other members of the gang, had “in an organized fashion obtained financial gains via illegal activities” and had “committed murder, harm and illegal detention”.
Liu, in his heyday, was the head of mining conglomerate Sichuan Hanlong Group. He ranked 148th on Forbe’s 2012 list of the richest Chinese businesspeople and was well-known for his philanthropy, specifically for work he did in the wake of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.
In April, Liu had continued to deny all charges against him despite his brother and other gang members having pleaded guilty in court. Waaaah.