Court Sentences 32 for 2016 Coal Mine Blast in Chifeng in China
sentences and fines. Twenty-two people from the mining company received prison terms ranging from 26 months to 13 years for the crimes of causing a major-liability accident, illegal mining, or helping to destroy evidence, while 10 officials were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 21 months to 15 years for dereliction of duty, accepting and offering bribes, or embezzlement of public fund. They also received fines from 20,000 yuan to 5 million yuan.
A gas explosion occurred at a coal mine in the city of Chifeng on December 3, 2016, resulting in 32 dead, 20 injured, and a direct economic loss of nearly 44 million yuan