The BBC reports that Hou Zhenrun, the owner of the mine where newspaper employee Lan Chengzhang was beaten to death in January, was sentenced to life in prison. SIx other mine employees were also sentenced:
Five men were given sentences of between five to 15 years in jail for carrying out the attack, while another man received a year sentence for harbouring the suspects.
The court in Shanxi sentenced Hou to life in prison for causing the death of another by malicious injury.
Mr Lan’s family were also awarded 300,000 yuan ($40,000) in compensation from the defendants. [Full text]