A multimillionaire and three contract killers were sentenced to death in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, on Tuesday for killing a business rival and injuring two others. Another 11 accomplices received jail terms up to life imprisonment.
The mastermind, Lu Yunpeng, 35, was the president of Henan-based Yunpeng Cultural Development Co Ltd. As of late 2004, the company opened classes in more than 100 cities across the Chinese mainland. It offered courses to prepare for master's degree national entrance examinations.
Lu Yunpeng was sentenced to death for hiring hit men to kill his business rival. [sina]
A college professor identified as Qiao also operated similar classes in Kaifeng, Henan. In March 2005, Wang Yancui, who worked for Lu, lured Qiao to a hotel in the provincial capital Zhengzhou.
Lu's cousin, Zhao Mingjie, 32, the head of Lu's Kaifeng business, and three other men broke into Qiao's room and choked him to death after beating him.
In August 2004, at Lu's instruction, five men poured sulfuric acid onto a rival named Yue at a university in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province. Yue suffered serious burns.
In July 2002, Lu hired people to injure another professor named Chen in Jinan, capital of Shandong Province.