Fri, August 13, 2010
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Chinese arsonist gets death for fatal bus blaze

2010-08-13 13:38:37 GMT2010-08-13 21:38:37 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

CHANGSHA, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- A court in central China's Hunan Province Friday sentenced to death an arsonist who killed two people and injured 14 including himself after setting alight an airport shuttle bus last month.

Friday's trial at the intermediate people's court in Changsha, capital city of Hunan, also ruled that Chen Haitao, the arsonist, be deprived of political rights for life, according to a statement issued by the court after the trial.

Chen, 36, set the bus on fire on July 21 as it was traveling from Huanghua International Airport to Changsha city proper. The blaze killed two people, seriously injured three and slightly injured 11 including the arsonist.

The court believed that Chen committed the arson to revenge society as he had "blamed his business failure on social injustice," according to the statement.

Chen had not appealed the decision as yet.

Chen lit a laptop bag filled with two bottles of gasoline less than 15 minutes after the bus departed from the airport. The flames soon consumed the bus, leaving only a burnt-out shell.

Chen who initially planned to die in the vehicle, broke a window and escaped when he could not bear the heat and smoke inside the burning bus, according to the statement.

He attempted suicide again by crawling under the bus as he thought it would explode.

Chen was injured and sent to hospital where he was later apprehended by police just after midnight on July 22.

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