China to Prosecute Dozens of Officials over Mine Accident

2 December 2009 (Last Updated December 2nd, 2009 18:30)

China plans to prosecute dozens of officials and ten journalists regarding a cover up of an accident that occurred at an illegal mine in Yuxian in Hebei Province of China. The mining explosion at Yuxian, which happened on 14 July 2008, killed 34 workers and one rescuer. Mine o

China plans to prosecute dozens of officials and ten journalists regarding a cover up of an accident that occurred at an illegal mine in Yuxian in Hebei Province of China.

The mining explosion at Yuxian, which happened on 14 July 2008, killed 34 workers and one rescuer.

Mine owners managed to cover up the disaster for 85 days by destroying evidence, shifting bodies and paying $384,150 to journalists, according to China Daily.

The disaster took place just before the Beijing Olympics, when China was trying to project a positive image.

The three-month cover up caused China's cabinet, the State Council, to commence an investigation.

The names of the ten journalists have not yet been disclosed.

The mine bosses, county chief, police officers and work safety officials make up 48 others facing prosecution, according to China Daily.