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'Gang protectors' to stand trial

The municipality's former judicial bureau chief, Wen Qiang, and deputy police chief Peng Changjian are expected to stand trial at the end of next month for protecting mafia-like gangs, a top prosecutor said yesterday.

Wen, 52, and Peng, 46, were arrested last month for allegedly serving as a "gang protectors", who concealed the proceeds of crimes and accepted bribes.

Some high-profile gangs led by Chen Mingliang, Chen Zhikun, Yue Ning and Yue Chun will be prosecuted early next month, procurator-general of the city's procuratorate Yu Min said at a press conference yesterday.

The municipality's Party chief Bo Xilai said on Wednesday the campaign against gangs would continue as organized crimes are still comparatively active in China.

Since Oct 12, Chongqing officials have brought six organized gangs to trial. Two trials have already concluded and six people have been sentenced to death or to death with reprieves.

The string of trials follows a gang-related crime crackdown, which has been hailed by the local public.

Bo said on Wednesday while visiting with local police officers that "black hands" were behind some mass incidents in the city, as they wanted to make use of the public to press the government to achieve what they want.

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 Source : China Daily  Editor: Ivy
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