Terrorism organizer sentenced to life in jail
Updated: 2005-12-23 13:45
Peng Ming, a Chinese national extradited from Myanmar, was sentenced to life
imprisonment after being convicted of organizing and leading terrorist
organizations, kidnapping and holding fake currencies.
The Higher People's Court of central China's Hubei Province handed down
the sentence on Friday. The court also deprived Peng of his political
rights for life and fined him 35,000 yuan (US$4,300), upholding a verdict issued
in the first instance trial in October.
Since November 2000, Peng had
disseminated and pushed forward his propositions of violence and terrorism,
recruited terrorists and incited kidnapping, murder and other terrorist
activities through publishing books and Internet articles, and had formulated
teaching schemes on terrorism.
To obtain funds for his terrorist
activities, Peng masterminded, organized and directed six kidnaps in Wuhan,
Changsha and Beijing from early 2002 to May 2004.
The court found that
Peng plotted and established a terrorist training base in Myanmar from June of
2003 to early 2004, and demanded all trainees of the base enroll new members and
carry out terrorist activities after returning to China.
Peng was arrested
by Myanmar police on May 22, 2004 when he was carrying 10,800 yuan (US$1,300) of
fake Chinese currency into Myanmar from Thailand. A local court in Myanmar
sentenced Peng to seven years in jail on May 26, 2004. Later, Myanmar handed
over Peng to the Chinese judicial authorities in accordance with an agreement
between the two countries.
The Intermediate People's Court of Wuhan
City, capital of Hubei, issued a verdict in the first instance trial in October,
and Peng raised an appeal.