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11 sentenced after fatal landslide at iron mine

ELEVEN people have been sentenced in north China's Shanxi Province following a landslide which left 43 dead and two missing last year.

The verdicts were given by the Loufan County People's Court on Thursday.

Yan Quewa, former head and Party chief of the Jianshan iron ore mine, was jailed for four years.

Wang Jianzhong, former vice head of the mine, was sentenced to three and a half years. Zang Long, former chief engineer, Ren Jianguo, former head of the quality department of the mine, and Wang Hailin, former head of the planning department, were sentenced to three years.

Zhao Guocheng who had been in charge of the mining groups was jailed for three years with a three-year reprieve.

Fan Jianliang, former deputy director of the People's Congress of Loufan Committee, Wang Zhufeng, former Party chief of the Miyuzhen Village, Mu Jisong, former deputy director of the emergency rescue office of the Shanxi Provincial Administration of Work Safety, and Chen Jinzhu, former vice head of the Jianshan police station, were sentenced to two years with a two-year reprieve.

Duan Jinwen, former vice head of the Majiazhuang police station, was sentenced to 14 months with a 14-month reprieve.

The landslide toppled a waste dump from the iron mine on August 1, 2008, burying Sigou Village.


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