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Corruption ruled out in CCTV fire

NO corruption was found among officials linked to a fire engulfing the new building of China's state television after a year-long investigation.

Beijing's Chaoyang District People's Procuratorate Office said it has completed its investigation and will soon file charges against more than 20 people arrested, today's Chongqing Evening News reported.

One fireman died and six firemen and a construction worker were injured in the blaze on February 9 last year,

CCTV had hired a company to light fireworks outside the building's Mandarin Oriental Hotel that night for the traditional Chinese Lantern Festival.

The suspects include staff from CCTV, the fireworks company, the building's designer, builder, supervisor and suppliers.

They will be tried in two groups, the newspaper reported, with the first batch due to go to trial before mid February and the rest around March.


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