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02.06.2013 18:03

10 Punished for Running 'Black Jails' in Capital

Seven people are jailed by court in Chaoyang District for one to two years for running facilities that held petitionerz
By staff reporter Wang Heyan

(Beijing) – Ten operators of "black jails" have been convicted in a Beijing court over illegal detention and received up to two years in prison, signaling a long-delayed protection of petitioners' safety in the capital.

A court in Chaoyang District announced on February 5 that Wang Gaowei, a 43-year-old farmer from Henan Province, and six people he hired to run a center that illegally detained petitioners received one to two years in jail. Another three employees of Wang, who are under 18 years old, were ordered to compensate petitioners in a separate civil case. 

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