Gangster Trials Highlight China’s Crime Battle

From Wall Street Journal:

A series of criminal trials in Chongqing, one of China’s biggest cities, is spotlighting a byproduct of the country’s rapid social and economic change: the spread of organized crime.

The court in Chongqing, a city of more than 30 million people, is expected to reach verdicts in coming weeks on the charges against two prominent defendants.

Wen Qiang, the former head of Chongqing’s municipal justice department, is charged with using his official position to provide protection to organized-crime gangs. Li Qiang, a billionaire businessman who was until recently a member of the local legislature, faces nine charges, including organizing and leading criminal gangs, bribery and tax evasion.

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