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ASIAdocument.write(“” + m[today.getMonth()+1]+ ” “+ today.getDate()+”, ” + theYear + ” “);HOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperChina Daily Global PDFChina Daily Global E-paperChina / PeopleHot IssuesGovernmentSocietyInnovationEducationCover StoryPeoplePhotosTrain rapist, robber gets life behind barsBy Xu Wei (China Daily) Updated:2012-05-19 07:25Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallJia Xiaoming, a fugitive who was involved in several cases of robbery and rape on international trains and in Moscow in the early 1990s, was sentenced to spend the rest of life in prison on Friday.Jia Xiaoming, who committed a series of robberies and rapes in the 1990s on international trains and in Moscow, is taken to court in Beijing on Friday. Cheng Ning / for China DailyThe Beijing Intermediate Railway Transportation Court announced Jias conviction in a statement posted on its official website.Jia was sentenced to life imprisonment for committing robbery and all his property was confiscated. He was sentenced to spend another 15 years behind bars for committing the crime of rape.During the trial, Jia denied the allegations that were made against him. His attorney insisted that the evidence presented to prove that he had committed robbery had been inadequate and that the charges of rape were ungrounded.Jia, a Beijing resident, was a chief suspect in 13 robberies that were committed against Chinese citizens in Moscow and on international trains traveling between Beijing and Moscow from December 1991 to May 1993.He is believed to have robbed more than 30 people of belongings that included $26,200, 1 million roubles – worth roughly $5,900 in 1991 – watches, necklaces and other precious objects.Jia was also the chief suspect in the gang rape of a Chinese citizen, a crime that occurred on a train heading from Beijing to Moscow in March 1993.During the seven-day ride, Jia and his accomplices gang raped and sexually assaulted a Chinese citizen surnamed Sun several times.During the early 1990s, merchants in Beijing had taken up the practice of transporting daily commodities from Beijing to Moscow in the midst of what some deemed a “gold rush,” making the train running between Moscow and Beijing highly attractive to criminals such as Jia.At the time, there was no police presence on the train beyond the Chinese border, making it fairly easy to commit crimes.Robberies became most common on the trains between May 26 and 31, 1993, when Jia and his accomplices robbed people onboard in four successive rounds, according to the website of the Procuratorial Daily.During those six days, three female passengers were gang raped and several passengers were injured in attacks.The Chinese railway police later investigated the case. That led to indictments for more than 60 people, more than 30 of whom have been sentenced to life imprisonment or death.Jia has been running from the law since 1993, when Chinese police started to investigate the robbery and rape cases.The Beijing municipal police put Jia on its online wanted list in 2002.He was not apprehended until June 2011, when he was found in a video arcade in Nanning, South Chinas Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region.You can contact the reporter at the xuwei@chinadaily.com.cn8.03KPhotoNight views of Harbin through the lensTibetans take train home after pilgrimage or travellingWorlds largest shaftless Ferris wheel built in ChinaAncient cities to be connected by Xian-Chengdu high-speed railwaySnow turns Harbin into winter wonderlandReed Catkin Festival held in WuhanSocietyPoliticsHot TopicsScience/TechBusinessCover StoryFTZ simplifies process to launch businessesJapan can offer experience, expat saysApplication for work streamlinedAwareness of law aids resolutionAir Force units explore new airspaceLow wages and lack of respect responsible for kindergarten abuse, experts sayLiu heralds UK partnership in education and researchAgency ensuring natural gas supplyUN envoys trip to DPRK praised by BeijingChina moves to secure natural gas supply amid rising winter demandXi asks China, Canada to work for substantial tiesCooperation necessary for success, leaders sayLiving in space: How astronauts train, eat and workTeachers excused for lunchtime drinksWaiting for Shenzhou XICancer agent found in 44 cities drinking waterAt Ikea eatery, its no pay, no stayChina lose 2-0 to Uzbekistan in World Cup qualifier, coach Gao resignsC919 gains another 55 orders, lifting total orders to 785Services offset dip in manufacturingFintech to energize real economy, cut risksChinas Long March rockets complete 60 commercial launchesEngineers achieve breakthroughChina-made components add securityOnline shopping rings up customer complaintsImport expo to focus on advanced techSME mobile market platform receives first clientsChina top importer of US soybeansAir China opens direct route from Beijing to BarcelonaInsurance-based trust launchedDandelion helping to sow the seeds of stability for membersCover storyVisa change may boost tourism to USThe wrong side of the roadBuilding ban begins to biteVillagers call on Japan to atone for massacreMost ViewedTodays Top News2030 emission goal reasonable – top climate negotiatorGranting longer visas for foreign experts eyed to ease entryRepentant convicts in Xinjiang get sentence reductionsTibet hoping to become a top global destinationCases of illegal GM crops under controlFujian to blaze trail for reformsPremier: No giving up on growthPlanner rules out hard landingDiplomacy the key for peaceful coexistenceMinister: China can absorb laid-off laborFemale students at Jiangxi University of Science and Technology received a special Girls Day present courtesy of a dozen male chemistry students: tailor-made perfume.HighlightsProperty investments most profitable in past decadeSmart healthcare changes Chinese lives, but challenges remainSome Tibetan plants can predict Indian monsoonMarriage too costly for some rural bachelors in ChinaHot TopicsTransformers stars hospital experience triggers healthcare debate Full text: Beijing Declaration of the BRICS Media Summit Chinas two-child policy puts pressure on sperm banks Ground level Rule of law Panda China youths Anti-terror drive Family planning SmogSpecialMy Chengdu storyChina Legal Information Center…| About China Daily | Advertise on Site | Contact Us | Job Offer | Expat Employment |Copyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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