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Fatal club fire official loses appeal

A COURT in Shenzhen City in south China's Guangdong Province has upheld a sentence of 11 years jail for a senior police officer over dereliction of duty that resulted in a fatal club fire which claimed 44 lives, the officer's lawyer told today's Nanfang Daily.

The decision came from the Shenzhen Intermediate People's Court after Chen Xuming, vice director with the Public Security Bureau of Longgang District of Shenzhen, appealed against the January verdict by the Yantian District People's Court in Shenzhen, according to his lawyer Jiang Hanshi.

Chen was also convicted of taking bribes worth 60,000 yuan (US$8,783.22) from the "King of the Dancers" nightclub and turning a blind eye to drug dealing and prostitution inside the club.

The club had operated from September 8, 2007, without a business license or the approval of local fire prevention authorities.

A fire broke out at the club on September 20 last year when more than 300 people were watching a performance and fireworks ignited the ceiling, killing 44 and injuring 64.

Chen is the most senior of the seven officials who were jailed for involvement in the blaze.

Yang Zhouwu, director of Tongle Police Station under Longgang District Public Security Bureau, received the longest sentence of 13 years in jail.

The other five officials - Liu Libiao from Tongle Police Station, Chen Feng from Longgang Firefighting Brigade, Huang Zhong and Wang Jin from Longgang culture inspection department, and Liu Xinhua from Longgang sub-district - were jailed for between one and six years for dereliction of duty.


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