China Sentences 20 to Jail for CCTV Fire

Twenty people have been sentenced to jail for last year’s deadly fire at the new CCTV headquarters in Beijing. From AP:

Xu Wei, the former head of ’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.

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