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Authorities Execute 12 Gang Members in Beijing

February 9, 1992

BEIJING (AP) _ Twelve members of a gang that stole more than $67,000 in cash and valuables were executed, an official newspaper reported Sunday.

The Beijing Fazhibao (Legal News) said the 12, including leader Zhang Wenhua, were convicted by the Beijing Municipal Intermediate Court and executed on Jan. 29. Chinese newspapers often delay reporting crime stories.

The gang injured 29 people during its robberies, including two people seriously, the newspaper reported. The dispatch had no other details about the crimes.

China executes hundreds of criminals each year, according to newspaper reports. The actual figure may be much higher because not all executions are reported.

Executions in China are by a bullet to the back of the head.

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