China detains over Tianjin blasts

Twelve people have been ‘formally detained’ in China after the massive explosions in Tianjin in August
Twelve people have been ‘formally detained’ in China after the massive explosions in Tianjin in August.

Among them are the chairman, vice-chairman and three deputy general managers of the company that owned the warehouse containing dangerous chemicals. On top of the arrests 11 officials and port executives have been accused of dereliction of duty or abuse of power.

News of the detentions comes a day after the head of China’s work safety regulator, Yang Dongliang, was suspended for corruption. He was also a former vice mayor of Tianjin. The state prosecutor said officials from a range of agencies, including Tianjin’s land resources, work safety and customs offices have been irresponsible and negligent.
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