Eight officials held for China mine accident

September 20th, 2008 - 6:26 pm ICT by IANS  

Taiyuan (China), Sep 20 (Xinhua) Eight officials in north China’s Shanxi province have been detained for negligence following a mine accident that killed 262 people. The provincial court confirmed Saturday the officials included Lian Huizhong, head of the county’s Taosi Township, Liang Deling, the township legislature director, Liu Weiguang, the township business office director, and three Xiangfen County Safety Production Supervision Bureau officials.

Also held were two county land resources department officials.

Ke Hanmin, chief judicial magistrate of Shanxi, said the officials should be accountable for the accident because they did not take due care despite knowing about the potential production risks in the Xinta Mining Company.

On the morning of Sep 8, a reservoir containing iron ore waste burst its bank and the liquid waste engulfed at least 262 people.

He said the court would impose heavy penalties on those found responsible for the accident.

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