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Over ¥2m in fines for destroying forests
    2018-09-06  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

A MAN surnamed Mai in Bao’an District was sentenced to one and a half years in prison with two years’ probation for illegally occupying agricultural land, the Daily Sunshine reported yesterday.

Mai also faced a fine of 260,000 yuan (US$38,031) and had to pay over 2.18 million yuan for damaging the ecological environment and 280,000 yuan for the costs of an environmental damage assessment.

In December 2004, in the name of a company, Mai signed a land lease with the residents’ committee of Tianliao Community in Gongming Subdistrict. The land covered an area of about 74,207 square meters, and the lease was for 50 years.

However, without the approval of the forestry department, Mai cut down all of the trees on the plot to build factories, roads and houses, and a total of 24,039 square meters of land was deforested.

The original soil that was suitable for vegetation disappeared. The purpose and nature of the forested land had also changed, as the original vegetation had been thoroughly destroyed, according to the environmental damage assessment.

On March 23 this year, Bao’an District Procuratorate, in addition to criminal proceedings, filed a civil suit against Mai, who was ordered to compensate for the environmental damages caused by his deforestation and to pay for the damage assessment fees.

The court ruled in favor of the prosecutors. Mai pleaded guilty and didn’t appeal.

In a recent visit to the destroyed forest, a reporter with the newspaper found that the illegal buildings on the deforested land had already been demolished. Nearly half of the land was being used as a temporary bus terminal and the rest was covered with weeds.

A plan for restoring the ecological environment is also being formulated. (Zhang Yu)

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