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A former Chinese mining mogul was sentenced to death on Friday after being found guilty of leading a mafia-style operation in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan, state-news agency Xinhua reports.

Liu Han — the former chairman of unlisted Sichuan Hanlong Group and once among the richest people in China— and his brother, Liu Wei were accused of ordering nine murders. They also faced charges of assault, extortion, illegal detention and running a local gambling ring with 34 other gang members, one of the largest criminal gangs to be tried in China in recent years.

“Liu Han and Liu Wei were deeply evil,” the court said in its sentence, according to The New York Times. “Their means were extremely cruel, their impact on society was extremely bad.”

Prosecutors say their criminal activities, dating to 1993, helped them amass $6.4bn in assets with businesses in finance, energy, property and mining.

In March, Chinese authorities reportedly seized $14.5 billion dollars worth of assets from the Han’s family members and associates. In addition, more than 300 of his relatives and former colleagues were also reportedly questioned.

Han’s company, a diversified firm with interests ranging from tourism to minerals and assets of more than $3.2 billion, pursued a number of international mining deals.

A few of them have already fizzled, including the $5 billion Mbalam iron ore project straddling Cameroon and Congo-Brazzaville in Central Africa with Australia’s Sundance Resources (ASX:SDL), a deal to develop an iron ore and copper-molybdenum mine with Moly Mines (ASX:MOL) in the Pilbara and another molybdenum project with US-based General Moly (NYSE:GMO), of which it owned 25%.


Liu Han, 48, was found guilty of 13 serious charges, including murder, running casinos and illegally selling firearms.

His younger brother, Liu Wei, will also face death row.

Upon hearing the sentence Han yelled to the court he had been “framed” and “wronged,” before being taken away by guards

Upon hearing the sentence Han yelled to the court he had been “framed” and “wronged,” before being taken away by guards, the South China Morning Post reports.


According to earlier reports, police seized hand grenades, half-dozen submachine guns, 20 pistols and other firearms.

The penalties on Friday come amid an anti-corruption crackdown launched by the president, Xi Jinping, that has reached senior politicians and influential businessmen.






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Their lives ended yesterday when a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Theirs were among 26 bodies, including 20 children, identified by authorities today in the nation’s second-deadliest mass shooting. All of the dead students were 6 or 7, and included children such as Charlotte Bacon, Noah Pozner and Chase Kowalski. Among the dead adults was the school’s principal, Dawn Hochsprung.

Police haven’t explained the motive for the attack in the 28,000-person town about 60 miles (97 kilometers) northeast of New York City. Authorities have identified the gunman as Adam Lanza, 20, who turned a gun on himself. His mother, Nancy, was also found dead in her home. Lanza was described by those who knew him as an intelligent and socially awkward youth, distanced from his peers.

The shooting has drawn international attention to the town, with President Barack Obama and Pope Benedict XVI expressing their condolences.

Innocent murdered ... this 2012 photo provided by the family shows Emilie Alice Parker.
Innocent murdered … this 2012 photo provided by the family shows Emilie Alice Parker.

Teaching dance

Emilie Parker’s father, Robert Parker, 30, a physician’s assistant, held back tears as he described a lively, loving, and kind girl.

She was a best friend to her younger sisters, and was teaching them to read and dance, Parker told reporters. His last conversation with Emilie yesterday was in Portuguese, a language her father was teaching her. He kissed her for the last time, and went to work.

Emilie Parker, shown with her father Robbie Parker, was one of the 20 children killed.
Emilie Parker, shown with her father Robbie Parker, was one of the 20 children killed. Photo: Reuters

“She was the type of person that could just light up the room,” he said. “Emilie’s laughter was infectious, and all those who had the pleasure to meet her would agree that this world is a better place because she has been in it.”

Soto, the first-grade teacher, often stayed at school until 8 p.m., her sister Carlee said, and was almost done with her master’s degree in teaching from Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven.

Protecting kids

“She strived for being her best,” she said.

Her sister Jillian, 24, described Soto as a hero.

“She died protecting the kids that she loved,” Jillian said. “We’re very proud to say she’s out sister.”

Soto’s neighbor in Stratford, Connecticut, George Henderson, 55, remembered the help she gave him. Henderson has back trouble and said she shoveled his front walkway when it snowed.

“She was an angel,” he said. “And God comes and takes his angels.”

Hochsprung, 47, the principal, lived with her husband, George, outside the Woodlake Condominiums in Woodbury, Connecticut, where an American flag stood at half staff. Neighbors remembered her planting shrubs in the courtyard, and invitations to dinner.

“She connected with my kids and always went out of her way to speak to all kids,” said Bernardo DeCastro, 39, a teacher at Roger Spring Middle School in Danbury. “She had a light in her. She was also a kind and caring grandmother.”

Train talk

Mandy Ives, 49, said Hochsprung was an advocate for her son, Henry, 9, taking the time to chat with him about trains and puzzles when he attended the school this year. He transferred before the shooting.

“This is the last place you’d ever expect this to happen,” she said.

This year, Hochsprung began pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership at the Esteves School of Education at the Sage Colleges in Albany, New York, two hours away, where she attended weekend classes.

She showed up at a recent class with two dozen donuts for fellow students, said Janice White, one of her professors. She wrote a paper on exhibiting courage in the face of fear, she said.

“She had the courage to put other people’s needs in front of her own,” she said.

During the attack, she confronted the gunman after he shot through glass to enter the building, said Maryann Jacob, an assistant librarian. The gunman then shot Hochsprung, she said.


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