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18 caught in crackdown on gangs
    2018-09-07  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

GUANGDONG police have caught 18 suspects in the 13 days since it began offering rewards for clues leading to the arrest of organized crime suspects, the Guangdong Provincial Public Security Department said Thursday.

Fourteen of them, including Yao Xiongbo and Liu Shaowen, surrendered to police, the department said in a press release. Four of them, including Cui Weirong and Li Yongjian, were captured by police acting on tip-offs from the public.

On Aug. 23, Guangdong police began offering rewards ranging from 10,000 yuan (US$1,464) to 50,000 yuan for information leading to the capture of 50 fugitives who are suspected of being involved in organized crime.

Liu Shaowen, who was suspected of organizing a criminal gang and illegal detention in Dongguan, surrendered to police within eight hours after the department issued the reward notice. Yao Xiongbo, who is accused of being involved in a range of organized crime activities and interfering in village elections in Chenghai, Shantou City, turned himself in the next day after he became wanted.

The Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the State Council jointly released a document Jan. 24 announcing the launch of a new round in the campaign against gangs, which have even been found trying to take control of political power at the grass-roots level.

On Feb. 5, Guangdong convened a high-level conference on fighting organized crime, where the province’s Party chief, Li Xi, rallied the province into an all-out battle against gangs.

Guangdong’s Party discipline inspection authorities had investigated 724 people over suspected corruption related to organized crime, or for providing a protection umbrella for a gang, as of Aug. 3.

Authorities are taking rectification measures on 79 village or community Party organizations that are believed to be undermined by criminal gangs.

Guangdong’s leading team on the campaign has ordered special efforts to fight organized crime in 14 areas in Dongyuan County and seven areas in Lufeng County, where rampant gangland crime has aroused public resentment.

The crackdown has made the province safer. Since the launch of the crackdown, the number of criminal cases in Guangdong has dropped by 18.4 percent, according to police. (Lin Min)

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