Feb 2, 2016

Leader of cult’s court plea fails

Shanghai Daily
February 3, 2016

A COURT in south China yesterday upheld the life sentence on a man convicted of organizing an illegal cult, rape, fraud, and the production and sale of harmful food.

Wu Zeheng, founder of Huazang Zongmen, was sentenced to life in October by Zhuhai City Intermediate People’s Court in the southern province of Guangdong. He was fined 7.15 million yuan (US$1.09 million).

Three of his followers were also given sentences of up to four years in prison for fraud and perverting the course of justice. Wu and one of his followers, Meng Yue, appealed against the court’s ruling. Meng had been sentenced to four years in prison.

The provincial Higher People’s Court rejected their appeals yesterday, saying the sentences were based on sufficient evidence.


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