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14 punished in mine blasts, bridge collapse (2)

By Li Qian (Shanghai Daily)

15:22, January 11, 2012

The owners of the unlicensed mine covered up the accident for almost three months and secretly transferred 28 bodies for cremation, making it the most notorious coal mine accident among the three.

The owners also destroyed the pit and buried the account books to erase all evidence. Infuriated families of the victims complained and the actions came to light three months later. The mine heads were also found to have offered more than 750,000 yuan (US$118,784)to government officials to look the other way.

Li Fakui was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve while his two brothers, Li Chengkui and Li Xiangkui, were imprisoned for life and six years, respectively. The trio were the mine owners.

Partners of the Li brothers - Su Zhengxi, Su Qiangquan and Deng Kaixing - were sentenced to 17 years, six years and two and a half years.

The other incident took place in Nanjing of Jiangsu last November. Steel frames of an elevated freeway under construction collapsed, killing seven workers and injuring three. Contractors Liang Zonggang, Shao Yin and Yang Jun were imprisoned for three years each for lax supervision and taking shortcuts in the construction process.

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