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Wednesday, August 26, 2015
CHINA TAKES ACTION AGAINST THOSE IN THE TIANJIN PORT DISASTER
Prosecutors have accused 11 officials and port executives of neglecting the management of dangerous chemicals storage and transportation in the Tianjin port, where explosions killed 139 people. The officials from various government departments, including Tianjin local transportation management authorities, work safety regulatory agencies, land resources authorities, Tianjin local customs office and a state-owned port company, were investigated for “dereliction of duty" and “abuse of power," according to a statement from the Supreme People's Procuratorate today. The prosecuted officials include Wu Dai, head of Tianjin Municipal Transportation Commission, and Zheng Qingyue, president of Tianjin Port Holdings Co. Police detained 12 suspects from Tianjin Ruihai International Logistics, which operated the warehouse that allegedly stored dangerous chemicals and which exploded. Police said the company and the detainees were suspected of illegally storing dangerous materials. The detainees included board chairman Yu Xuewei, vice board chairman Dong Shexuan and three deputy general managers. Police also announced an investigation into Tianjin Zhongbin Haisheng, a company suspected of illegally helping Ruihai acquire safety evaluation papers.—Xinhua