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5 officials axed in landslide fallout

FIVE officials have been removed from their posts and deprived of their Party membership for alleged corruption after a probe into a landslide that killed 277 people, China's discipline watchdog announced yesterday.

Their cases have been handed over to prosecutors, a statement from the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Communist Party of China said.

An unlicensed iron ore dump collapsed on September 8, 2008, in Xiangfen County of Linfen City, north China's Shanxi Province, causing a landslide that devastated a downstream village, an office building and a busy outdoor market.

The five senior local officials took bribes from the iron ore mine owner and covered up illegal practices that triggered the fatal landslide accident, the statement said.

The investigation found Duan Bo, former deputy police head of Linfen, took 20 million yuan (US$2.9 million) in bribes from Zhang Peiliang, former president of Xinta Mining Co, which owned the iron ore dump and, in exchange, covered up the company's illegal practices, the statement said.

Duan, who later took the post as police head in Yuncheng City, was also found to have taken bribes worth of 4.55 million yuan from other people, it said.

Zhou Jie, former vice mayor of Linfen City, also took 30,000 yuan in bribes from Zhang and 2.71 million yuan from other people, the statement said.

The other three officials were:

- Zhang Jinfeng, former county head of Xiangfen and then Party head of Jiyuan County, who accepted 200,000 yuan from Zhang Peiliang;

- Zhang Deying, former Party head of Yicheng and then assistant to mayor of Linfen, who took 30,000 yuan from Zhang Peiliang;

- Zhang Fucheng, former director of land and resources bureau of Linfen government, who failed to stop Xinta's illegal practices.


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