China Explosives Maker Sentenced to Die

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BEIJING (AP) - A Chinese explosives maker has been sentenced to
death for supplying an illegal iron mine camouflaged as a wild boar
farm with material that ignited in the tunnels, killing 26 miners,
state media said.

The official Xinhua News Agency said Gao Huailiang was sentenced
Thursday by an intermediate court in Handan, a major mining area in
north China's Hebei province, for making, selling and transporting
illegal explosives.

Twenty others also were sentenced to prison time for running the
mine, which was hidden behind high walls and purported to be a wild
boar farm, or for supplying it with homemade explosives, said the
report late Thursday. Three were sentenced to death with a two-year
reprieve - a penalty that is usually commuted to life in prison.

A cache of explosives ignited in the tunnels of the covert mine

China's mining industry is the world's deadliest with most
accidents blamed on poor safety as enterprises scramble to feed the
country's insatiable demand for coal. Last month 108 miners were
killed in a coal mine blast in northeast China. It was the
country's deadliest mining accident in two years.

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