A local court sentenced 22 people to prison for their role in a mine accident that left 22 dead and 28 injured in North China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in 2019.
The accident occurred on February 23, 2019 when a shuttle vehicle lost control and crashed into the side of a tunnel at a lead, zinc and silver mine.
The site was under the Yinman Mining Company in the West Ujimqin Banner of the Xilingol League.
An earlier investigation revealed that the vehicle involved in the accident was purchased illegally online, bypassed security checks, and was overloaded.
The West Ujimqin Banner People’s Court handed down the verdict sentencing 18 people from the mining company to up to four years and eight months in prison.
They were convicted of the crimes of negligently causing a serious accident and offering bribes to non-governmental workers.
The other two were sentenced to four years and six months in prison for participating in illegal business operations.
Meanwhile, two local government officials received criminal penalties for abuse of power, accepting bribes and breach of duty, the court said, without elaborating.
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