Four people sentenced and compensated for stealing river sand in the forbidden mining area of the Yangtze River
Xinhua News Agency, Hefei, November 16 (Reporter Zhang Ziyi) without obtaining a sand mining license, they stole river sand from the forbidden mining area and damaged the ecological environment of the Yangtze River. The people's Court of Jinghu District, Wuhu City, Anhui Province, recently publicly sentenced Yang Yatao and other four people to illegal mining cases and criminal incidental civil public interest litigation cases filed against the four people, and sentenced four people to one to six months' imprisonment in accordance with the law. They all suspended their sentences for two years and imposed fines ranging from 10,000 yuan to 20,000 yuan to recover the illegal proceeds, and at the same time made a judgment on criminal incidental civil public interest litigation.
The court found out that Yang Yatao, Yang Xinhua, Dong Yuxi and Ma Yuanbing had stolen river sand in the forbidden mining area of the Yangtze River without obtaining a sand mining license. Among them, the defendant Dong Yuxi stole more than 7525 tons of river sand, worth more than 210,000 yuan; defendants Yang Yatao and Yang Xinhua stole more than 7000 tons of river sand, worth more than 190,000 yuan; and the defendant Ma Yuanbing stole 4520 tons of river sand, worth more than 120000 yuan. Defendants Yang Yatao and Yang Xinhua made a profit of 48000 yuan through the above-mentioned acts, while Dong Yuxi, the defendant, made a profit of 20, 000 yuan through the above-mentioned acts. After comprehensively considering the sentencing circumstances of each defendant, such as pleading guilty to punishment and withdrawing from illegal gains, the court made the above judgment in accordance with the law.
At the same time, the court held that Yang Yatao and other four people stole river sand without obtaining permission to mine sand, thus destroying the ecological environment of the Yangtze River and harming social and public interests. The environmental damage caused by its tort also includes the loss that the public enjoys the spiritual interests of the beautiful ecological environment, which should be understood by publicly admitting mistakes, apologizing and admitting the illegality of the infringement.
Accordingly, the court ordered four people to compensate for the ecological environment restoration costs and environmental damage assessment costs caused by the theft of river sand, totaling more than 380000 yuan, and made a public apology to the public on the provincial news media for the theft of river sand.