China Sentences 20 to Jail for CCTV Fire
Xu Wei, the former head of CCTV’s construction bureau, was sentenced to seven years in jail, after he pleaded guilty last month to playing a role in an illegal fireworks display that triggered the fire, according to a statement by the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.
Nineteen others who were being tried in the case were given sentences ranging from three years to six-and-a-half years in prison, Xinhua said.
Earlier news reports alleged that Xu had ignored safety warnings and ordered that the powerful pyrotechnics be used for the CCTV-funded Lunar New Year fireworks show last year.