Law­maker jailed 5 years over sink­hole

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A Chi­nese law­maker was sen­tenced to five years in jail for try­ing to dig a base­ment un­der his Beijing home so deep it cre­ated a gi­ant sink­hole that swal­lowed four of his neigh­bours’ houses. Li Bao­jun and two men he hired to ex­pand his court­yard home five storeys un­der­ground had vi­o­lated con­struc­tion safety reg­u­la­tions, the Beijing Xicheng District Peo­ple’s Court ruled. As well as houses, the sink­hole caused a ma­jor thor­ough­fare in the cap­i­tal to col­lapse and dam­age of more than 5 mil­lion yuan (US$750,000).

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