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Tougher sentences put in place for safety violations

By Zhu Shanshan (Global Times)

08:43, January 11, 2012

The Supreme People's Court Tuesday issued a judicial explanation asking courts to hand down harsher punishments to those involved in production accidents.

The document listed 14 charges of production safety violations, and said that criminals convicted for any of the charges would not receive probation.

The charges include organizing illegal productions, violating national safety standards, hiding victims' bodies and bribery.

Government officials, who have invested in illegal production or whose dereliction of duty helped cause accidents are also subject to harsher punishment.

The supreme court listed three cases with heavy casualties as examples.

In July 2008, 34 people were killed at an illegal mine in Weixian county, Hebei Province after explosives stored in the mine were adversely affected by damp and leaked hazardous gases.

In a bid to cover the accident, the mine's owners sealed the pithead and destroyed the site. They also secretly cremated 28 dead bodies to dodge an investigation.

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