Prosecutors issued an arrest warrant for a lawmaker who was blamed for the illegal construction of a basement under his home at a historic Beijing courtyard that caused a road to collapse.
The road at No. 93 Courtyard on Deshengmennei Street in Xicheng district caved in on the morning of January 24, leaving a 15-meter-long, 10-meter-deep crater in the ground that affected at least 15 neighboring residents who were forced to leave their homes.
The collapse was caused by workers attempting to dig an 18-meter-deep basement beneath the building. The project was commissioned by Li Baojun, a member of the People’s Congress of Xuzhou city, Jiangsu province, although he’d never gotten a proper permit to go ahead with it.
Li, president of Haiying Group, a company that produces auto parts in Jiangsu, resigned earlier this month. He issued an apology to his Beijing neighbors and promised to compensate all losses from the incident.