A Zambian judge has issued arrest warrants for two Chinese coal mine managers after the defendants failed to appear in court on accusations of firing upon striking workers.
Xiao Li Shan and Wu Jiu Hua have been charged with 12 counts of attempted murder after nearly a dozen miners were shot in a pay dispute on Oct. 15. They were released on a $10,700 bail in October.
Prosecutors applied for arrest warrants Tuesday after the mining officials did not attend the preliminary hearing. Magistrate Jacob Mbolela says he granted the warrants.
The magistrate said arrest warrants have also been issued for two Chinese diplomats who signed their bail papers, acting as guarantors.
The Chinese embassy in Lusaka refused to comment on whether the coal mine managers have jumped bail.