19 held for 2003 murder
– Nineteen Chinese officials face punishment for covering up a murder after the victim’s body was found buried under a school playground about 16 years after the crime, state media said yesterday.
Deng Shiping was overseeing the construction of a playground at the middle school where he worked in Huaihua city, central Hunan province, when he disappeared in 2003.
The cold case was finally solved after his body was unearthed from the playground in June.
The raft of civil servants accused of concealing the crime includes police officers, local Communist Party committee members, government officials and school staff.
Two suspects have been prosecuted for the murder.
One of the men, Du Shaoping, had been contracted to build the school’s playground.