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Mafia boss executed in southwest China: state media

BEIJING, Dec 23 (AFP) - An organised crime boss in southwestern China has been executed after being convicted of a series of crimes including murder, drug trafficking and illegal arms sales, state media said Wednesday.

Wang Xingping was executed on Tuesday in Chongqing municipality following his conviction in April 2008, Xinhua news agency reported.

Wang was also convicted of robbery, running casinos and offering bribes, the report said. Eighteen members of his gang were previously sentenced to terms ranging from two years to life in prison.

Another crime boss, Chen Ming, was executed on November 26, Xinhua said, without clarifying if the two cases were related.

It was not immediately clear if Wang's case was linked to an ongoing crackdown on organised crime in Chongqing that has implicated up to 200 city officials and over 1,500 mafia figures.

So far six people have been sentenced to death since a series of trials related to the crackdown began in October and scores of others jailed for up to life in prison.

China annually executes more people than the rest of the world combined, last year putting to death more than 1,700 people out of a global total of almost 2,400, according to Amnesty International.

As China does not publish full data on death sentences, rights groups say the numbers of people executed could be far higher.

MySinchew 2009.12.23

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