Bangladesh police charge 13 over deadliest garment factory fire
DHAKA (AFP) - Bangladesh police on Sunday charged the owners and 11 others over the nation's worst garment factory fire that killed 111 people, after wrapping up an investigation 13 months after the tragedy.
Police charged owners Delwar Hossain and his wife, along with security guards and managers over the blaze last November that gutted the Tazreen factory where workers stitched clothes for Western retailers including Walmart.
"(Owners) Delwar and his wife Mahmuda Akter ... and 11 others have been charged with death due to negligence," A.K.M. Mohsinuzzaman Khan, police investigator in the case, told AFP.
The factory, on the outskirts of Dhaka, supplied clothes to a variety of international brands including US giant Walmart, Dutch retailer C&A and ENYCE, a label owned by US rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs.