2 officials jailed for mine accident that kills 277 in north China

www.chinaview.cn 2009-06-28 05:48:15   Print

    TAIYUAN, June 27 (Xinhua) -- Twelve officials were sentenced one year to five years in jail for their role in a mine accident that killed 277 people last year in north China's Shanxi Province, the local court said Saturday.

    Among the officials Li Binglin was a supervision official with Linfen municipal administration of land and resources. Zhang Xiaomin, Di Jianmin, Li Junyao, Yang Ruifeng, Zhang Guoqing, Yang Jianghua and Luo Yuelong were officials with the land and resources administration of Xiangfen County, according to the people's court of Xiangfen County.

    Wang Gang, an environmental protection official of Xiangfen County, as well as three township officials, were also jailed.

    The officials were negligent in their duties or abused power, the court said.

    The collapse of an unlicensed iron ore dreg-retaining pond triggered a massive landslide on Sept. 8 in Xiangfen county. The torrent of mud and mining waste buried an outdoor market near a village of more than 1,000 residents. At least 277 people were killed and four other remain missing.

    Investigations found the dumping pond was built in violation of a regulation and had almost no safety inspections.

    Also on Saturday, Xia Zhengui, 53, former secretary of the Linfen City Committee of the Communist Party of China, was removed from his post as deputy to the National People's Congress (NPC), the top legislature.

    The accident also led to the resignation of Shanxi Governor Meng Xuenong and the dismissal of Zhang Jianmin, vice governor of Shanxi last year.

Editor: Mu Xuequan