China jails religious ‘cult’ leader for life

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SHANGHAI: A Chinese court has sentenced the leader of a religious sect labeled a cult by authorities to life in prison on several charges, according to an official statement, with three of his followers also jailed. A court in the southern city of Zhuhai also fined Wu Zeheng, head of the “Huazang Zongmen” sect, more than 7.0 million yuan ($1.1 million), it said. The charges included organizing a cult, rape, fraud and selling harmful food products. Wu seduced dozens of women by telling them sex with him could give them “supernatural power,” state media has said. He also operated a restaurant which claimed the food was cooked with “precious” ingredients. A police investigation showed Wu had amassed an illegal fortune of more than 6.9 million yuan through his activities, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

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