On February 27, 1979, Yang Xiaomin murdered Wang Qiang, an unemployed young man. Yang, the son of a deputy director of the General Office of the Qinghai Provincial Committee of the CPC, received a relatively light sentence. Wang's relatives refused to accept the sentence as final and appealed many times, but to no avail. In July 1985, thanks to the intervention of relevant central departments, the Xining Municipal Intermediate People's Court in Qinghai Province sentenced Yang Xiaomin to death, according to law.