20 jailed for deadly collapse of Covid quarantine hotel

World | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 20 Oct 2021

A court in Fujian sent to prison 20 people over the deadly collapse of a quarantine hotel in March last year.

Twenty-nine people died and 50 were hurt when the Xinjia Hotel in Quanzhou caved in.

The 66-room hotel was housing dozens of people in Covid quarantine.

A probe found three floors were added illegally to a four-story structure, and officials in cahoots with the hotel owner faked reports about the building.

Hotel proprietor Yang Jinqiang was sentenced to 20 years in prison for causing the tragedy, forging documents and offering bribes, a Quanzhou court revealed.

Twelve others received terms from 2-1/2 to 13 years for related offenses, and seven public officials went behind bars for two to six years for crimes that included taking bribes.

Netizens yesterday slammed the prevalence of flawed buildings that often collapse.

And one commenter on Weibo said the officials should have received harsher sentences.

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