China executes mining tycoon for organised crime
09 February 2015, 13:58
Beijing - China executed a mining tycoon on
Monday for leading an organised crime gang, a news report said.
Liu Han, 48, was convicted of murder,
illegal gambling, extortion and selling firearms over a two-decade period, the
South China Morning Post reported.
He was executed along with his brother Liu
Wei, 35, and three others on connected charges, the report said, citing the
Xianning city intermediate court.
Liu Han has been linked to Zhou Bin, the
son of a former security chief of the ruling Communist Party whose family is
under investigation for corruption.
Liu allegedly paid higher than market
prices in contracts with Zhou in 2002 to "maintain [political]
connections," the Beijing News reported in March.
He gained international prominence after
his Sichuan-based Hanlong Group failed in a billion-dollar takeover bid for
Australian mining company Sundance.
The group's interests include energy,
mining, finance, real estate and securities.
Hanlong was fined $48m in 2014 for crimes
including using fraudulent information to secure bank loans, the report said.
Last year, Liu was ranked among China's
wealthiest 1 000 people, with assets worth an estimated $650m.