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China jails four in poultry farm fire

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Beijing: Two managers of a poultry farm and two fire department officials have been sentenced to prison terms of up to nine years by a court in connection with a fire accident in northeast China that killed 121 people last year.

The Chairman of Jilin Baoyuanfeng Poultry Co, Jia Yushan, was sentenced to nine years in prison for not ensuring the working environment was safe, the Chaoyang district court in Changchun city ruled yesterday.

Jia was also ordered to pay one million yuan (USD 161,300 US dollars) of fine.

The company’s former general manager, Zhang Yushen, was sentenced to four years in prison for installing sub-standard equipment, which was directly responsible for casualties, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Lyu Yandong, former chief of the fire department in Dehui City, where the poultry farm was located, received five and half years in prison for abuse of power.

His deputy, Liu Guicai, was slapped with a five year prison term.

On June 3, 2013, a fire and its subsequent explosions killed 121 people and injured 76 others in Jilin province.

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