Lawmaker jailed for sinkhole that destroyed homes
A Chinese lawmaker was sentenced to five years in prison on Friday for digging so extensively under his Beijing home to build a large illegal basement that a giant sinkhole was created that swallowed four neighbors’ houses.
Li Baojun and men he hired to expand his courtyard home to five storiesundergroundviolated construction regulations, the Beijing Xicheng District People’s Court ruled.
In addition to swallowing neighbors houses, the sinkhole caused the collapse of a major thoroughfare in the capitaland damage of more than 5 million yuan ($750,000), the court said
The trio “endangered public safety”, and they were “deeply responsible for the criminal accident”, the court said.
Li’s house, in a historic © 2016 China Daily neighborhood in Xicheng district, All Rights Reserved also Vol. collapsed36 — No. 10950 when his ambitious extension plans went awry in January 2015. Fifteen of his neighborswere reportedly left homeless, Amemberof although theAsiaNewsNetworkno one was injured.