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China convicts 13,000 in organised crime crackdown: Media

Chinese courts have convicted nearly 13,000 members of organised crime gangs since 2006, state media said today as Beijing battles a scourge that has resurfaced in 30 years of economic opening.

world Updated: Sep 01, 2009 16:36 IST

Chinese courts have convicted nearly 13,000 members of organised crime gangs since 2006, state media said today as Beijing battles a scourge that has resurfaced in 30 years of economic opening.

Quoting a senior official with China's highest court, Xinhua news agency said the 12,796 convictions were handed down between the start of 2006 through July of this year amid a broad crackdown on organised crime.

It also quoted Liao Jinrong, deputy director of the criminal investigation bureau of the Ministry of Public Security, as saying police had detained more than 89,000 people suspected of organised crime during the campaign.

They also investigated 1,267 organised crime cases and broke up more than 13,000 gangland organisations, it said.

More than 400 of the groups were involved in the construction, mining, transportation and wholesale sectors, it said.

Organised crime was rife in China before the 1949 Communist takeover but virtually stamped out afterwards.

However, it has made a comeback since China began in the late 1970s to open up its economy, which loosened government controls on economic activity and provided more money-making opportunities for criminal enterprises.