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Bangladesh garment factory owners surrender over deadly fire

Published on Feb 9, 2014 2:32 PM
 
In this photograph taken on Nov 25, 2012, a Bangladeshi Army personel walks through rows of burnt sewing machines after a fire in the nine-storey Tazreen Fashion plant in Savar, about 30 kilometres north of Dhaka. Owners of a Bangladesh garment factory surrendered to a court on Sunday, more than a month after warrants for their arrest were issued over the country's worst industrial fire that killed 111 workers. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP 

DHAKA (AFP) - Owners of a Bangladesh garment factory surrendered to a court on Sunday, more than a month after warrants for their arrest were issued over the country's worst industrial fire that killed 111 workers.

Delwar Hossain and his wife Mahmuda Akter were charged and sought for arrest in December over a 2012 blaze that gutted the Tazreen factory where workers stitched clothes for Western retailers including Walmart.

Prosecutor Anwarul Kabir said the couple handed themselves in to the magistrate's court in Dhaka and were currently in custody awaiting a bail hearing.

"They have sought bail upon surrendering to the court. The court will hold a hearing on their bail prayers later today," Mr Kabir told AFP.

 
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