China tomb raider gets death

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BEIJING (AFP) – A Chinese court has handed a death sentence to a “master” tomb raider who made a 30-year career out of robbing historical burial sites. A native of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, 55-year-old Yao Yuzhong was found guilty of “digging ancient cultural sites and ancient graves” and “reselling cultural relics”, his lawyer, Bi Baosheng, said. He was given a suspended death penalty with a two-year period in which to appeal the sentence or have it decreased through good behaviour. The Paper, a Chinese news website, noted that Yao was considered the “kingpin” of a gang of 225 grave-robbing suspects.

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