China today executed five mine workers who killed their four colleagues and then faked accidents to claim compensation.
The men were convicted of running a 21-member gang that bludgeoned the victims to death with hammers at an iron mine in Wu’an, Handan city of north China’s Hebei, from July 2011 to June 2012, according to the Supreme People’s Court in the province.
They attempted to cover up the murders and make them appear as accidents and claimed 1.8 million yuan (USD 270,190) in compensation from the mine, posing as family of the men they had murdered.
The case was reviewed by the Higher People’s Court of Hebei Province, which upheld the death sentence for the men in May 2015.
Zhang Weilan, Zhao Jun, Zhang Chengyong, Xu Chengde and Yan Shiyong lodged an appeal against the death sentence given by the Intermediate People’s Court of Handan city two years ago.
The case is eerily similar to the movie Blind Shaft. Other members of the gang were all jailed.