BEIJING, June 30 (Xinhua) -- Five people were sentenced from 10 months to one year in prison for raiding a tomb, believed to be a family cemetery dating back to the middle and late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), a Beijing court said Tuesday.
A defendant surnamed Wang, and another two robbers, removed some porcelain bowls from the inner wall of the ancient tomb in the Shijingshan District of Beijing between July and August in 2017. In March 2018, a group of robbers, including Wang, came to the tomb again to steal more porcelain bowls, according to the People's Court of the Shijingshan District.
The stolen porcelain bowls have not been recovered, the court said.
Experts believe the lost porcelain bowls were an important part of the ransacked tomb structure, and the tomb had high archaeological and cultural value.
Wang was sentenced to one year in prison, while the other four received imprisonment from 10 months to 11 months. Enditem