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8 charged after TV tower collapses

EIGHT people, including three local radio and television administration officials and two contractors, have been charged with negligence and corruption after a sub-quality TV tower collapsed in a rainstorm three months ago in northern China's Hebei Province.

The tower in Jinzhou City was under construction when it broke into three parts on July 23, today's Hebei Daily reported.

The Jinzhou Radio and Television Administration's former director surnamed Yang and its former vice director surnamed Shi were charged with taking bribes from unlicensed contractors on the project, the report said citing prosecutors from Chang'an District People's Procuratorate in Shijiazhuang City, Hebei's capital.

Yang allegedly took 10,000 yuan (US$1,464) while Shi took 25,000 yuan.

The duo, as well as another vice administration director surnamed Liu, were also charged with neglecting to supervise the tower's construction quality, resulting in the accident.

Also charged were unlicensed contractors surnamed Li and Xue, who had managed to win the tower construction project after bribing Yang and Shi from September 2007 to July 2009.

The newspaper did not specify details of the other three charged.


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