A Chinese court has found a former mining tycoon guilty of murder and sentenced him to death.
The Xianning Intermediate People's Court in central Hubei province announced on Friday that Liu Han and his younger brother Liu Wei were guilty of organizing and leading a 36-member "mafia-style" group. The court said the group was responsible for the deaths of at least eight people.
The brothers and 34 other defendants were accused of crimes including leading and participating in crimes and intentional homicide.
The group is also thought to have fostered ties with businessmen and senior politicians in Sichuan.