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Slave labor killers jailed

SIX slave laborers from a brick kiln in central China have been jailed for between two years and life for beating a mentally challenged co-worker to death in July 2008, local prosecutors revealed on Sunday.

The foreman of the kiln in Wuhan City, capital of Hubei Province, was jailed for five years and six months and fined 10,000 yuan (US$1,464) for destroying evidence over the manslaughter and forcing laborers to work as slaves.

The ruling was issued by Wuhan Intermediate People's Court last September.

Three of the convicted laborers were mentally challenged, another was only 14.

The body was buried later that night by the foreman, Ye Huabing, and Lin Jinguan, the principle of the homicide sentenced to life in prison.

There were some 20 laborers at the kiln, almost all of whom used to be beggars and were either mentally challenged or under 16.


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