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Leniency urged for six over building collapse

PROSECUTORS yesterday suggested lenient punishment for six people on trial in Shanghai for their key roles in the building collapse at Lotus Riverland in Minhang District last year.

The six have pleaded guilty to a charge of causing a serious accident, today's Shanghai Morning Post reported.

Prosecutors suggest jail terms ranging from three to seven years for the six considering their cooperation in the investigation, the newspaper said.

A 13-story building toppled on June 27 because of pressure on the foundations, causing the death of one worker and losses that prosecutors put at 19.46 million yuan (US$2.85 million).

The construction cost of the toppled building was evaluated to be 6.69 million yuan, and 12.77 million yuan compensation was paid to the property buyers.


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