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Nine executives sentenced for fatal coal mine accident

(Xinhua)

16:30, June 18, 2012

TAIYUAN, June 18 (Xinhua) -- Nine executives have received sentences from three to four years for a deadly coal mine accident occurred two years ago in Shanxi Province, north China.

The People's court of Xiangning County last Thursday ruled that the nine people were liable for a fatal flood in Wangjialing Coal mine in March, 2010. Jiang Shijie got the sentence of four years, while the rest eight got three years, according to local media reports.

In the accident, 38 miners were killed and 115 were rescued from the flooded Wangjialing coal mine.

The nine sentenced neglected signs of flooding and failed to take proper measures before the Wangjialing Coal Mine was flooded on March 28, said the court verdict.

The accident incurred 49.37 million yuan (7.84 million U.S. dollars) in direct economic losses.

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