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Underground weaponry-making suspects convicted
Updated: 2005-07-20 17:15

Twenty-two people involved in an underground weapon-making case in Hepu County of Beihai City, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, were sentenced to jail terms ranging from one year to life for gun trading, illegal gun-manufacturing and harboring.

The verdicts were handed down at a first-instant trial by the Intermediate People's Court of Beihai City Tuesday.

Chen Guancheng, kingpin of the underground gun-making, was given a life term, and the rest get jail terms from one to 11 years for their guilt of having marketed 24 guns, according to the court sources.

Court verdicts say the police of Beihai cracked five gun-making dens in Yangwudun Village of Gongguan Township, Hepu County on March 25, 2004, and seized weaponry including 25 riffles and another five half-finished ones.

It is said that residents of the village had been making guns since 2002 as a sideline business and selling them to their peers in nearby villages.

But the court verdicts could only verify the other culprits who pitched in trading 74 guns, and illegally making 31 riffles and over 240 pieces of gun parts.

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