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Arms Smugglers Go on Trial in Qinghai Court

China Daily

25 August 2005

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Seventeen people were charged with smuggling arms from Pakistan into Xinjiang and Qinghai as the court in Northwest China's Qinghai Province heard on Tuesday.

The case involved more than 900 guns and over 1,500 gun accessories, making it one of the largest arms smuggling cases the country has seen, Xinhua News Agency reported.

The alleged ringleader Ma Zeying, and Li Zhi purchased guns and accessories in Pakistan between 1995 to 2004 and sold them in Kashgar of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and in Xining, capital of Qinghai Province…..

The suspects, residents from the two regions, with the youngest aged 29 and the oldest 56, allegedly formed a gun-smuggling ring…..

Some defendants may face the death penalty if convicted, said Chao Lanjun, who is with the Haidong Intermediate People's Court…..

Forty-six suspects involved in gun trafficking have been arrested in the past three months.

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