Tomb robbers sentenced to death in central ChinaMay 15th, 2010 - 4:03 pm ICT by BNO News
BEIJING (BNO NEWS) — Four tomb robbers were sentenced to death on Friday for stealing more than 200 relics, including 11 items listed for the State’s top level of protection, from ancient tombs in central China’s Hunan province, as well as for concealing illegal earnings, state-run media reported on Saturday.
The death sentences were handed down at the Intermediate People’s Court in Changsha, capital of Hunan, to Lin Xisheng, Liu Shengli, Long Shouyun and Liu Zhihua, who was the only one of the accused to get a two-year reprieve.
Another 23 members of the gang were also convicted and received jail terms ranging from 13 years and six months to life at the same trial, the Xinhua news agency said.
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