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Shenyang gang leader sentenced to death
( 2003-12-22 14:40) (Xinhua)

The Supreme People's Court sentenced Liu Yong, head of a crime ring in Shenyang,  to death penalty in Jinzhou, Northeast China's Liaoning Province Monday morning.

Liu Yong is sentenced to death by the Supreme People's Court, December 22, 2003.
Liu was sentenced to death and given a 15-million-yuan fine by the Tieling Intermediate People's Court in April 2002. The Liaoning Higher People's Court ruled a death penalty with a two-year reprieve in August this year, according to earlier reports.

It is the first time in more than half a century, the Supreme People's Court retried a regular criminal case after a final court decision.

The court handed out the sentence Monday morning.

Liu Yong is believed to be the leader of a gang in Shenyang, the capital of Liaoning Province in Northeast China.

He was sentenced to death by Tieling Intermediate People's Court of Liaoning Province on April 17, 2002, but during the second court procedure on the case on August 15, 2003, the Liaoning Higher People's Court put a two-year reprieve on his sentence.

Liu, a former board chairman of Shenyang Jiayang Group, was charged with organizing, leading and actively participating in a mafia-style group, willful and malicious injury, pillage and illegal business operations.

He was also charged with tax evasion, extortion, illegally holding or hiding a firearm or ammunition, disrupting public services, intentional destroying or damaging public or private property, theft and bribery.

Marking a first since the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, however, the Supreme People's Court decided to hold one more trial.

China works on a two-strike criminal law system -- allowing two trials -- , but the Supreme People's Court's in this case specially initiated a retrial procedure for Liu using the Law of Criminal Procedure as a basis.

The retrial started in Jinzhou Intermediate People's Court Thursday morning, with all the judges and judicial police of Jinzhou replaced with people sent by the Supreme People's Court.

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