Ringleader of Tangshan Attack on Female Diners Gets 24 Year Sentence
What’s new: Twenty-eight people linked to the shocking attack on female diners in the northern Chinese city of Tangshan were imprisoned Friday, with the man identified as the ringleader sentenced to 24 years behind bars.
A district court in the neighboring Hebei province city of Langfang found Chen Jizhi guilty of a raft of crimes over the past decade, including provoking trouble, affray and opening casinos. The gang member was also fined 320,000 yuan ($45,103), the Guangyang district court said in a statement (link in Chinese).
The other 27 people, including other members of the “evil” gang and those who joined Chen in the brutal assault on four women at a barbecue restaurant in Tangshan on June 10, were sentenced to prison terms ranging from six months to 11 years and fines ranging between 3,000 yuan and 135,000 yuan, the statement said.
The court ordered Chen and five others to pay the women’s medical bills, compensate them for lost wages, and cover other expenses.
The background: The rulings came nearly a month after the authorities said they had filed charges against the 28 people following an investigation into the assault, which sparked national outcry and reignited debate over sexual and gang violence in China.
In August, provincial graft busters detained eight police officers on suspicion of corruption, abuse of power and other violations, after the police response was widely panned by the public as slow and sloppy.
Contact reporter Wang Xintong (firstname.lastname@example.org) and editor Joshua Dummer (email@example.com)
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