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Bangladesh orders arrest of factory owners for deadly fire

Published on Dec 31, 2013 3:44 PM
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Bangladeshi firemen extinguish a fire in the nine-storey Tazreen Fashion plant in Savar, about 30km north of Dhaka on Nov 25, 2012. A Bangladesh court on Tuesday, Dec 31, 2013, ordered the arrest of the owners and four others over the country's worst-ever garment factory fire that killed 111 workers, after police laid charges. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

DHAKA (AFP) - A Bangladesh court on Tuesday ordered the arrest of the owners and four others over the country's worst-ever garment factory fire that killed 111 workers, after police laid charges.

The court in Dhaka issued the warrants for Delwar Hossain and his wife Mahmuda Akter over the blaze in 2012 at the Tazreen factory, where workers stitched clothes for Western retailers.

"Dhaka's senior judicial magistrate Wasim Sheikh issued the warrants of arrest against the two fugitive owners, Delwar Hossain and his wife Mahmuda Akter, and four other company officials for the Tazreen factory fire," prosecutor Anwarul Kabir told AFP.

The fire on November 24, 2012, shone an international spotlight on appalling safety conditions in an industry worth more than US$20 billion (S$25 billion) a year.

 
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