Tycoon's death sentence upheld

Added On August 8, 2014

A court in central China has rejected the appeal by former mining tycoon Liu Han, who was sentenced to death in May.

Liu Han, his brother Liu Wei and 34 other defendants were convicted of murder and organizing, leading or participating in a mafia-style gang in May.
It is the largest criminal group of its kind to go on trial in China in recent years.
Liu Han was board chairman of the Hanlong Group, once the biggest private enterprise in southwest China's Sichuan Province.
The organization illegally monopolized the local gaming business, tyrannized local people and seriously harmed the local economic and social order.
Both Liu brothers and three other defendants were sentenced to death. Another five were sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve, four to life imprisonment and 22 to imprisonment of varying terms.
Hubei Higher People's Court ruled that the appellants Liu Han, Liu Wei and other defendants had established a criminal organization which should be defined as a mafia-style gang according to the law. 
The court also rejected appeals of 14 other defendants.
The court did alter some sentences related to minor offenses. But the minor alterations will not affect the death penalties. 
The death sentences still have to be reviewed by the Supreme People's Court.