China on Monday executed a former mining tycoon connected to the eldest son of retired security chief Zhou Yongkang, who is himself the focus of a high-profile corruption investigation, Reuters said, citing state media reports.
The High People’s Court in the central province of Hubei ordered the execution of Liu Han, the former chairman of unlisted Hanlong Group, who was given the death sentence last May, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.
Liu, who once ranked as China’s 230th richest person, was tried last year, along with 36 others, accused of murder and running what state media called a “mafia-style” gang.
Liu’s younger brother, Liu Wei, and three others were also executed, Xinhua reported.
Sources have told Reuters Liu was once a business associate of Zhou’s eldest son, Zhou Bin. State media have not explicitly linked Liu’s case to Zhou Yongkang, but have said his rise coincided with Zhou’s time as Sichuan’s party boss.
The party has already gone after several of Zhou’s protégés, including Jiang Jiemin, former chief of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission.
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