Thursday, July 31, 2014   

Sichuan Hanlong former chief Liu Han charged with murder and organized crime ties
(02-20 19:20)

Authorities have accused a tycoon and his associates of running one of China’s biggest mafia gangs in recent years whose takedown has exposed ties between organized crime, police and officials.
Xinhua said today the high-level prosecution centers on Liu Han, the former multimillionaire chairman of energy conglomerate Sichuan Hanlong Group, and his brother, Liu Wei.
Sichuan Hanlong made a failed bid for Australia’s Sundance Resources last year.
Xinhua says the brothers have been charged with 15 crimes including murder, assault and illegal detention. The gang they allegedly ran amassed 40 billion yuan in assets with businesses in energy, real estate and mining.
The bust appears to be part of a sprawling shakeup of Sichuan province that has ensnared senior politicians and influential businessmen, some of whom are believed linked to China's former security czar.—AP
   
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